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Dr. Nicole  Sackley
Dr. Nicole Sackley
Associate Professor of History and American Studies

My research focuses on the history of Americans abroad. I am interested in how Americans without official status (such as intellectuals, artists, journalists, and scientists) shaped the interaction between the United States and the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. I am also interested in how expert knowledge is debated and constructed across national borders.

I am completing a book titled Development Fields: American Social Scientists and the Practice of Modernization during the Cold War. This study examines the history of American experts who sought to modernize the post-1945 world. It traces the origins of the postwar development project to India and examines how social scientists—from economists to agronomists—saw a strategy for winning the Cold War in the practice of social science abroad.

Grants and Fellowships

Truman-Kauffman Fellowship, Harry S. Truman Library Institute, 2012-2013


Foundation in the Field: The Ford Foundation New Delhi Office and the Construction of Development Knowledge, 1951-1970” in John Krige and Helke Rausch, eds. American Foundations and the Coproduction of World Order in the Twentieth Century. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012: 232-260.

“Developmental Assistance” in Akira Iriye and Pierre-Yves Saunier, eds., Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009: 267-271.

Additional Publications

"Roundtable: New Narratives of the Green Revolution,” Agricultural History 91, 3 (2017), 397-422

The Power Elite,” Reviews in American History 42, 1 (March 2014): 121-126.

Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
A.B., Brown University
Contact Information
306 INTC
(804) 289-8338
Areas of Expertise
United States and the World
U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History