Associate Professor and Associate Chair - U.S. Foreign Relations
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Justin Hart began teaching at Texas Tech during the fall of 2005. He came to Lubbock after serving for a year as an Academic Advisor and Junior Resident Fellow in the Humanities at Purchase College, State University of New York. In 2004, he earned the Ph. D. in History from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ, with specializations in U. S. History, U. S. Foreign Relations, and African-American History. His dissertation was directed by Lloyd Gardner. Dr. Hart received his B. A. in History (Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in the Liberal Arts and Departmental Distinction in History) in 1996 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. At SMU, he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He grew up in Emporia, Kansashome of the great Progressive Era journalist, William Allen White.
Dr. Hart teaches the U. S. History survey, as well graduate and undergraduate courses in U. S. foreign relations, from the colonial period to the present. He also teaches undergraduate courses in the history of the Cold War and the history of U. S. foreign relations through film, as well as required graduate courses on historical methods and readings in 20th Century U. S. history. He has been nominated by the History Department for several university-wide teaching awards; in 2010, he received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Hart's research focuses on mass communications and U. S. foreign relations from the 1930s to the 1950s. His work seeks to explain how image came to matter to U. S. foreign policy and U. S. foreign relations. His book, Empire of Ideas: The Origins of Public Diplomacy and the Transformation of U. S. Foreign Policy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Dr. Hart is also the author of “Making Democracy Safe for the World: Race, Propaganda, and the Transformation of U. S. Foreign Policy during World War II,” which appeared in the Pacific Historical Review and received the James Madison Prize of the Society for the History of the Federal Government, as well as the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He has also contributed a chapter each to an edited volume on World War II and a volume on public diplomacy, as well as a short essay on Archibald MacLeish to Historically Speaking, the newsletter of the Historical Society. His reviews have appeared in the Journal of American History and the Pacific Historical Review, and he has presented his work at the annual conferences of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
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