Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2010
  • M.A., Cornell University, 2007
  • B.A., Whittier College, 2001

Teaching Specialties

Professor Schmidli's teaching interests center on U.S. foreign relations, U.S. political history, twentieth century international history, security studies and grand strategy (particularly since 1945), and the history of human rights. He currently offers courses on the history of the U.S. in the world, American politics and social movements since 1945, modern Latin America, human rights, America at war, and the "Age of Reagan."

Research Interests

Professor Schmidli studies national security strategy, US foreign relations history, and international relations. His current research focuses on the evolving significance of human rights, democracy promotion, and transnational advocacy networks from the Cold War to the present.

Recent Awards

Professor Schmidli will be on sabbatical leave during academic year 2016-2017 at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

Selected Publications

William Michael Schmidli, The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell University Press, 2013).


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