Dr. Lori Clune

Lori Clune
Associate Professor

Office: Social Science 128

Email: lclune@csufresno.edu

Office phone: 278-8895

PhD - U.C. Davis (2010)
MA - New York University
BA - Purchase College

Research/Teaching Interests:

Cold War America, McCarthyism, Espionage, Propaganda, Psychological Warfare, U.S. Diplomatic History, Teaching History

Select Publications:

Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World, (NY: Oxford University Press, 2016), ISBN: 978-0190265885, paperback April 2019.

“How Donald Trump Could Use His Pardon Power for Good,” Made by History, The Washington Post, 19 June 2018.

“Waging War with Words, 1945-1963” in Christopher Dietrich, ed., A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations, Colonial Era to the Present (Mass: Wiley Blackwell, in production for 2019).

“Red Scare at Home and Abroad: The Rosenberg Case,” in Vernon Pedersen and Katherine Sibley, eds., One Hundred Years of American  Communism (under consideration).

“David Greenglass,” entry in Susan Ware, ed., American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

“Political Ideology and Activism to 1966” in Andrew L. Johns, ed., A Companion to Ronald Reagan (Mass: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), ISBN: 978-1-11-860777-0.

“What Died with Ethel and Julius Rosenberg?  Losing Hearts and Minds in 1950s Latin America,” in Avital Bloch and Rosario Rodriguez, eds., The Cold War: North America and Latin America, 1945-1970 / La Guerra Fria y las Americas, 1945-1970 (Mexico: University of Colima Press, 2013), Spanish translation, ISBN: 978-607-424-407-6.

“Great Importance World-Wide: Presidential Decision-Making and the Executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg,” American Communist History, Volume 10, Issue 3, December 2011.

Additional opinion essays for History News Network, and numerous book reviews for H-Diplo and the Journal of Cold War Studies.

Courses Offered:


American History from 1877
Trials of the Century
U.S. in the Twentieth Century World
Colonial Americas
U.S. - Latin American Diplomacy
U.S. and Cuba (taught with William Skuban)
United States and Vietnam
United States during the Cold War


From cold war to Cold War
Cold War America
Global Cold War
U.S. Since 1877

Work in Progress:

I am working on several projects including: a history of the American experience in the Korean War; an exploration of Cold War propaganda; shorter pieces concerning the activism and passport issues of Paul Robeson, and the political life and legacy of Kermit the Frog.