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Joe Renouard

Resident Professor of American Studies


Dr. Renouard specializes in American history and diplomacy, human rights in foreign policy, and transatlantic relations.  His most recent book is Human Rights in American Foreign Policy: From the 1960s to the Soviet Collapse (Penn Press, 2016).  He has also contributed essays to The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, American Diplomacy, The Diplomat, The Journal of American Culture, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, HNN, The Cicero Foundation, The Prague Post, Education about Asia, and several edited collections, including Matthias Schulz and Thomas A. Schwartz, eds., The Strained Alliance: Conflict and Cooperation in US-European Relations from Nixon to Carter; Cristina Crespo Palomares & David García Cantalapiedra, eds., North and South: The United States, the European Union, and the Developing World; William Michael Schmidli and Robert Pee, eds., The Reagan Administration, the Cold War, and the Transition to Democracy Promotion; Roberta Haar and Neil Wynn, eds., Transatlantic Conflict and Consensus: Culture, History & Politics; V. Scott Kaufman, ed., A Companion to Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter; and Christos G. Frentzos and Antonio Thompson, eds., The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History.  At present, he is co-translating Chinese author Ah Long’s novel, Nanjing (also known as 南京血祭, Nanjing Blood Sacrifice), and he is writing a short book on the Republic-era architecture of China’s former capital city.  He is also developing a book manuscript on the international genocide treaty. 
Dr. Renouard has lived and worked in the United States, China, the Czech Republic, and Spain, and he has taught at Emory University, Oxford College, Virginia Tech, Kennesaw State University, and The Citadel.  In recent years, he has received fellowships and research grants from Princeton University, the American Philosophical Society, the George C. Marshall Foundation, and the Huntington Library.  



  • Europe
  • United States


  • American Foreign Policy
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • History
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • U.S. Presidency and Foreign Policy


  • Spanish

In the News

The week that changed the world—President Nixon's visit to China in 1972 and his meeting with Chairman Mao.

Joe Renouard interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, 02/14

Post-election America will still be deeply divided.

Joe Renouard wrote for History News Network, 11/01

The Korean War: China’s reminder of strength against the U.S.

Joe Renouard quoted in South China Morning Post, 9/21

Turn out the lights: When the last American diplomats fled China

Joe Renouard wrote for History News Network, 5/13

China concerns: Why the GOP sees Beijing as shifting from friend to foe.

Joe Renouard wrote in The National Interest, 11/12

America’s anti-China mood is here to stay.

Joe Renouard wrote in The Diplomat, 8/14