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HahnP hiresProfessor, History
Divisional Dean, Arts and Humanities
305 Mershon Center
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B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, History (1982)
M.A., Vanderbilt University, History (1984)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, History (1987)

Peter Hahn specializes in U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East since 1940. His publications include Libya and the West in Historical Perspective (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), Missions Accomplished?: The United States and Iraq since World War I (Oxford University Press, 2011); Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Middle East Relations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007); Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East since 1945 (Potomac Books, 2005); Caught in the Middle East: U.S. Policy Toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1945-1961 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004); Empire and Revolution: The United States and the Third World Since 1945, edited with Mary Ann Heiss (Ohio State University Press, 2001); and The United States, Great Britain, and Egypt, 1945-1956: Strategy and Diplomacy in the Early Cold War (University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Hahn's research has been supported by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, National Endowment for the Humanities, Truman Library Institute, John F. Kennedy Library, Lyndon Johnson Foundation, Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, Office of United States Air Force History, and U.S. Army Center of Military History. He has lectured across the United States and in Britain, France, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Russia, and Israel.

In 2002-15, Hahn served as executive director of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, a professional society of some 1,600 members in four dozen countries. In 2010, Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Hahn to a five-year term on Ohio's War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Hahn served as associate editor of Diplomatic History in 1991-2002, and as editor of the Mershon-supported Passport: Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations from 2003-15. He is currently divisional dean for Arts and Humanities at Ohio State.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
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Media Links
Mershon Center: Hahn wins distinguished service award (2017)
History Department: Hahn Recognized with Distinguished Service Award (2017)
Mershon Center: Hahn named divisional dean of Arts and Humanties (2015)
Arts and Sciences: Remembering D-Day: A 70th Anniversary Commemoration (2014)
Arts and Sciences: Don't Give Up the Ship! (2014)
Arts and Sciences: Boots on the Ground in Europe: Ohio State Students Head-out to Explore the War that Changed the World (2013)
Mershon Center: Ohio State students walk in footsteps of World War II veterans in Pacific (2012)
WOSU video: World War II Pacific Tour (2012)
Arts and Sciences: History's European WWII Tour for Alumni & Friends Showcases New Undergraduate Program (2012)
Arts and Sciences: Students Take WWII Pacific Trip to Office of the President (2012)
Arts and Sciences: On the sands of Iwo Jima: Hahn and Mansoor lead South Pacific tour (2012)
Arts and Sciences ASCent: On hallowed ground (2012)
Origins: A century of U.S. relations with Iraq (2012)

Mershon Project
Passport: Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, with Mitchell Lerner (2003-15)
The United States and Public Diplomacy: Toward an International History, with Robert McMahon (2006-07)