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Kyle Burke

Postdoctoral Fellow via Chabraja Center for Historical Studies

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2015
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  American History, Since 1900; Global History; Latin American and Caribbean History

Thematic Field(s):  War and Empire in History

Principal Research Interest(s):  20th century US politics, culture, and foreign relations; war and society; global history


Kyle Burke is an historian of the United States in the world whose work examines the tangled histories of war, political violence, and international relations in the late twentieth century. Having received his PhD from Northwestern University, he was the 2015-2016 Agnese N. Haury Postdoctoral Scholar at New York University's Center for the United States and the Cold War, and a visiting assistant professor at Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. In the fall of 2017, he returned to Northwestern as the Nicholas D. Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellow, where he teaches courses on US history and global history.

His first book, Revolutionaries for the Right: Anticommunist Internationalism and Paramilitary Violence in the Cold War, will be published by UNC Press in March 2018. Utilizing previously untapped sources from four continents, it chronicles the rise and fall of an international network of right-wing organizations that supported anticommunist guerrillas in the global south from the 1950s through the 1980s.

His articles and reviews have appeared in Diplomatic History, H-Military, and H-Diplo, and he's currently at work on two new projects—a continent-spanning history of the trans-Atlantic white power movement since the 1970s and a microhistory of the Irish Republican Army’s US-based gunrunning networks in the Reagan era.

An award-winning teacher and scholar, his work has been recognized with major fellowships and prizes from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Buffet Institute for Global Studies, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

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