Dr. Amanda McVety

Amanda McVety

Professor of History

History Department
Room 278 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056



PhD 2006, University of California, Los Angeles

MA, College of William and Mary

BA, North Park University

Teaching and Research Interests

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International Organizations
  • Disease

Courses Recently Taught

  • HST 111 Survey of U.S. History
  • HST 222 U.S. Foreign Relations since 1898
  • HST 236 Medicine & Disease in Modern Society
  • HST 290 Pandemics in World History
  • HST 410 International Organizations after WWII

Selected Publications

"Wealth and Nations: The Origins of International Development Assistance," in The Development Century: A Global History, ed. Stephen Macekura and Erez Manela (Cambridge University Press, 2018), 21-39.

The Rinderpest Campaigns: A Virus, Its Vaccines, and Global Development in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

"JFK and Modernization Theory" in The Cambridge Companion to John F. Kennedy, ed. Andrew Hoberek (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

"Fear, Want, and the Internationalism of the Early Cold War" in The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War, ed. Artemy M. Kalinovsky and Craig Daigle (Routledge, 2014).

Enlightened Aid: U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia (Oxford University Press, 2012).

"The Origins of the Cold War in International Perspective" in A Companion to Harry S. Truman, ed. Daniel S. Margolies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

"The Skinner Mission: Images of Ethiopia in the Progressive Era," The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10:2 (April 2011).

"Pursuing Progress: Point Four in Ethiopia," Diplomatic History 32:3 (June 2008).

Selected Grants and Awards

Naus Family Faculty Scholar 2018-2021

Truman-Kauffman Fellow 2013-14

Work in Progress

Dr. McVety's interests lie at the intersection of international relations, science, and the environment.  Her second book, The Rinderpest Campaigns: A Virus, Its Vaccines, and Global Development in the Twentieth Century, is a history of the ultimately successful international effort to eradicate rinderpest (cattle plague). Her new book project explores the history of James Bruce's Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771 and 1772.