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Elizabeth Spalding

Elizabeth Spalding

Senior Fellow
School of Public Policy


Senior Fellow Elizabeth Spalding is the author of The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism and the co-author of A Brief History of the Cold War. She has contributed to several volumes on the presidency and US foreign policy, and her articles have been published in Orbis, The Wilson Quarterly, and The American Mind. She was an associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. Spalding currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC and is on the advisory council for the Pepperdine School of Public Policy American Project.


  • PhD, MA, The University of Virginia
  • BA, Hillsdale College


  • Aspen Institute Berlin Young Professionals Program (2005-06)
  • Earhart Foundation research grant (1996-97)
  • Harry S. Truman Library Institute Dissertation Year Fellowship (1993-94)
  • Lassen Fellowships, DuPont Fellowship, Madison Scholarship, Weaver Fellowship, Judd Fellowship (1988-93)
  • Rhodes Scholarship national finalist, Hillsdale College Women's Commissioners Scholarship, Hillsdale College full-tuition scholarship (1984-88)


  • Religion and Public Policy
  • History of the Cold War
  • Liberal Internationalism


  • American Gospel: The Role of Religion in US Domestic and Foreign Policy