Brad Simpson, Ph.D.
Woodrow Wilson School
112 Dickinson Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540
Hours: T-Th 2-4
Research and Writing
"disturbing and illuminating" - Mark Mazower, The Nation
I teach and research twentieth century U.S. foreign relations and international history, and have an interest in US-southeast relations, political economy, human rights and development.. My first book, Economists with Guns: Authoritarian Development and U.S.-Indonesian Relations, 1960-1968 (Stanford 2008) explores the intersection of anti-Communism and development thinking in shaping U.S. Indonesian relations.
Currently I am researching a global history of self-determination, exploring its political, cultural and legal descent through post 1945 US foreign relations and international politics. I hope to use the contested history of self-determination claims to re-think contemporary notions of human rights, sovereignty and international order as they intersected with the processes of decolonization, Cold War conflict and globalization.
I'm also founder and director of a project at the non-profit National Security Archive to declassify U.S. government documents concerning Indonesia and East Timor during the reign of General Suharto (1966-1998). This project will serve as the basis for a study of U.S.-Indonesian-international relations from 1965 to 1999, exploring how the international community's embrace of an authoritarian regime in Indonesia shaped development, civil-military relations, human rights and Islamic politics.
Recent essays and reviews of mine are in International History Review, Cold War History, Reviews in American History, Diplomatic History, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Critical Asian Studies, Peace and Change, and East Asia and the United States: An Encyclopedia of Relations Since 1784 (Greenwood, 2003). I was featured in the recent Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio documentary Accomplices in Atrocity; The Indonesian Killings of 1965.