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Rodney Longley

KYLE.LONGLEY@asu.edu

Professor of History
SHPRS History Faculty
Faculty
Mail Code: 4302

COOR 4510 (Map)

Bio

Dean's Faculty Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and the School of Politics and Global Studies 

Education

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1994
M.A., Texas Tech University, 1989
B.A., Angelo State University, 1987

Kyle Longley is the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and School of Politics and Global Studies. Longley joined the ASU faculty in 1995 after serving as a visiting professor at The Citadel. He has served in many administrative positions at ASU, including director of graduate studies for the history department and a Dean's Faculty Fellow.


Longley's research focuses on U.S. foreign relations and modern American politics. He has published five books on the topics of Costa Rica and the United States during the rise of José Figueres, the United States and Latin America, Senator Albert Gore Sr., Ronald Reagan and conservative mythology and the American combat soldier in Vietnam.  He also teaches courses on similar topics. For his efforts in the classroom, Longley has received several awards including the Zebulon Pearce Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities and the Associated Students of Arizona State University Centennial Professor.

Research Interests and Selected Publications

Kyle Longley has written four books, edited another and contributed numerous journal articles, encyclopedia entries and book reviews. His books include The Sparrow and the Hawk: Costa Rica and the United States during the Rise of José Figueres (University of Alabama Press, 1997) which received the A. B. Thomas Prize for the outstanding book published in Latin American Studies from the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies. In 2002, Harlan Davidson published In the Eagle's Shadow: The United States and Latin America. A second edition is forthcoming in December 2008. In 2004, Louisiana State University Press released Senator Albert Gore, Sr.: Tennessee Maverick (foreword by Vice President Al Gore). One reviewer emphasized that "the book stands with [Dan] Carter's Politics of Rage as one of the best Southern political biographies to date." In January 2007, M.E. Sharpe published Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America's Fortieth President, a collection of essays that he edited and to which he contributed a chapter in addition to introduction and conclusion. His newest book is Grunts: The American Infantryman in Vietnam (August 2008), which distinguished historian Marilyn Young has characterized as a "sensitive account of the experience of American combat soldiers in Vietnam, from induction to discharge, which is a most timely reminder of the realities of war in a time of war. His canvas is vast and he peoples it vividly, from patriot to protestor and all the degrees in between."  The book has been selected for the Military History Book Club and is in its 4th reprint with a revised and expanded edition planned for 2012.

Right now, Dr. Longley is completing The Houses of the Purple Hearts: The Morenci 9, Small Town America and the Vietnam War (completion anticipated in December 2011), serving as associate editor of The Encyclopedia of United States-Latin American Relations (Congressional Quarterly Press in 2009), The Switzerland of the Americas:  A Concise History of Costa Rica (with Jason Colby, University of Victoria), and starting a project on foreign policy challenges facing the United States in the 21st Century with Admiral Jim Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.  In the future, he plans on working on a monograph on the suicide of Senator Lester Hunt in 1954.

Teaching Interests and Courses

Dr. Longley offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses. His most popular at the undergraduate level, both in the traditional form and on the Internet, include Modern U.S. Foreign Relations, the United States and Latin America, the American Experience in Vietnam and the American Cinema during the Cold War. Also, he has actively been involved in multidisciplinary courses including a team taught course with Dr. Del Kehl in English on American Literature and the Holocaust, as well as participating in the CLAS Learning Community where he has taught five semesters in the "War, Culture and Memory" cluster with colleagues from religious studies, political science and English.

He also has been an active participant in directing theses in the Honor's College and working with Sun Angel Undergraduate Research Award recipients.  At the graduate level, he offers courses in American history including The United States and the World, U.S.-Latin American Relations, Modern U.S. History since 1920 and new courses, The Social Constructions of Masculinity and Their Impact on U.S. Foreign Relations, and The New South in the Modern Era: Political, Social and Economic Changes in a Region in Flux. He has served on more than thirty Ph.D. and M.A. committees, directing more than a dozen, as well as working as a mentor to graduate students about pedagogy.

For his efforts, he has received recognition from different groups. These include the Zebulon Pearce Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities and the Associated Students of Arizona State University that named him the Centennial Professor for outstanding teacher in 2002-2003. He also has received the Arizona State University Habitat for Humanity "Making the World a Cooler Place to Live" Teaching Award, the Preparing Future Faculty Program Mentor Appreciation Award and the Kappa Alpha Fraternity National Teacher of the Year Award.

Professional Service Activities

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Longley been very active in service-related duties at Arizona State University working as chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Personnel and Advisory Committee, the Graduate Admissions Committee and the Quality of Undergraduate Instruction Committee. He chaired the department's most recent Seven Year Review Committee, participated in a Department of Education grant for improving secondary history and worked as Director of Graduate Studies for two years, building on his chairing the History Department's Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. He also has been active in the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for South East Asian Studies.

Many of these responsibilities have overlapped with larger university duties, a number related to his role as the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor. These include working with our university president, Dr. Michael Crow, in the President Community Enrichment Program "Adventures in Learning" classes, a teaching and outreach service geared toward supporters of Arizona State University. Furthermore, he has been an active member of the Arizona Humanities Council as a member of the AHC Speaker's Bureau to focus on issues of inter-American relations and in particular, U.S.-Mexican relations, as well as veteran's issues, giving more than thirty presentations throughout Arizona to a wide variety of audiences. Other community participation efforts include the Phoenix Council on Foreign Relations and World Affairs Council.

On the national level, he has worked in a variety of leadership roles. These include organizing and hosting the Third Conference on Inter-American Relations in February 1999, which brought more than 100 distinguished scholars to our campus, and in April 2010, he hosted a conference, "Breaking Down the Walls," that brought together academics, diplomats, non-governmental actors, journalists and members of the military and intelligence communities that focused on the past, present and future of the United States in the world. He also has been active in the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Organization of America Historians, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Society (PCB-AHA) and the Southern Historical Association, the latter two having served as a program committee member. In relation to OAH, he has been appointed to the Distinguished Lecturer Board for four years, and served on the Frederick Jackson Turner Book Prize Committee in 2006.  Also, he is president-elect of PCB-AHA.

He also has helped distribute information about U.S. foreign relations and politics on the national and international level, acting as a consultant or contributor to the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, ABC News, Slate, Arizona Republic, Los Angeles Times, Austin American Statesman, the Associated Press, the Voice of America, JiJi Press, Jornal do Brazil and Shanghai Wenhui Daily.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 394 Special Topics
HST 598 Special Topics
HST 599 Thesis
HST 790 Reading and Conference
HST 792 Research
HST 799 Dissertation
POS 394 Special Topics

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 340 American Military History
HST 590 Reading and Conference
HST 599 Thesis
HST 695 Continuing Registration
HST 792 Research
HST 795 Continuing Registration
HST 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 340 American Military History
HST 456 The Vietnam War

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 592 Research
HST 595 Continuing Registration
HST 599 Thesis
HST 784 Internship
HST 792 Research
HST 795 Continuing Registration
HST 799 Dissertation
POS 394 Special Topics

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 456 The Vietnam War
HST 599 Thesis
HST 692 Research
HST 695 Continuing Registration
HST 784 Internship
HST 790 Reading and Conference
HST 792 Research
HST 795 Continuing Registration
HST 799 Dissertation

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 340 American Military History
POS 394 Special Topics

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 110 United States Since 1865
HST 443 The United States & Latin Amer
HST 456 The Vietnam War

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 492 Honors Directed Study
HST 493 Honors Thesis
HST 498 Pro-Seminar
HST 590 Reading and Conference
HST 599 Thesis
HST 790 Reading and Conference
HST 792 Research
HST 799 Dissertation
POS 394 Special Topics

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 110 United States since 1865
HST 492 Honors Directed Study
HST 493 Honors Thesis
HST 590 Reading and Conference
HST 598 Special Topics
HST 599 Thesis
HST 790 Reading and Conference
HST 792 Research
HST 799 Dissertation

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 591 Seminar
POS 598 Special Topics

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 204 Historical Themes in the US
HST 456 The Vietnam War

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Kyle Longley. "Between Sorrow and Pride: The Morenci Nine, the Vietnam War, and Memory in Small-Town America". Pacific Historical Review (2013).

  2. Kyle Longley. The Morenci Marines: A Tale of a Small Town and the Vietnam War. University of Kansas Press (2013).

  3. Review of: Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River. Pacific Historical Review (2013).

  4. . Review of: The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam. Michigan War Studies Review (2013).

  5. Book chapter: Kyle Longley. U.S. Troops as an Instrument in Foreign Policy: The Dominican Republic in 1965 and Grenada in 1983. The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, 1865-present. Routledge (2013).

  6. Kyle Longley. Act of Bogota, 1960. Encyclopedia of the United States and Latin America. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  7. Kyle Longley. Baltimore Affair. Encyclopedia of the United States and Latin America. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  8. Kyle Longley. Bogota Conference 1948. Encyclopedia of the United States and Latin America. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  9. Kyle Longley. Bryan Chamorro Treaty, 1915. Encyclopedia of the United States and Latin America. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  10. Kyle Longley. Jose Figueres Ferrer. Encyclopedia of the United States and Latin America. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  11. Kyle Longley. Rio Treaty, 1947. Encyclopedia of the United States and Latin America. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  12. Kyle Longley. William J. Clinton. Encyclopedia of the United States and Latin America. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  13. Edited book: Thomas Leonard, Jurgen Buchenau, Kyle Longley, Graeme Mount. Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. Congressional Quarterly (2012).

  14. . Review of: A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence During Latin America's Long Cold War. H-DIPLO (2012).

  15. . Review of: Bush's War. H-DIPLO (2012).

  16. Review of: The Myth of the Addicted Army: Vietnam and Modern War on Drugs. Diplomatic History (2011).

  17. Review of: America's Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity. Perspectives (2010).

  18. Kyle Longley. A Tribute to George Herring. Diplomatic History (2009).

  19. Longley, Rodney Kyle. In the Eagle's Shadow: The United States and Latin America. Harlan Davidson (2009).

  20. . Review of: "Modernizing Repression: Police Training, Political Violence, and Nation- Building in the ‘American Century.’" Diplomatic History (April 2009): 191-221.. H-DIPLO (2009).

  21. . Review of: The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War. H-DIPLO (2009).

  22. Longley, Rodney Kyle. Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam. M.E. Sharpe (2008).

  23. Edited book: Bucheneau, Jurgen, Longley, Rodney Kyle. A Brief History of Mexico. Harlan Davidson (2008).

  24. Rodney Longley. The Congress and the Vietnam War: Senate 'Doves' and Their Impact on the War. The United States and Vietnam: Essays in the History of America's Longest War (2007).

  25. Edited book: Longley, Rodney Kyle. Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America's Fortieth President. ME Sharpe (2007).

  26. Edited book: Dosal, Paul, Longley, Rodney Kyle. Cuba Libre. Harlan Davidson (2006).

  27. Review of: At the Water's Edge: American Politics and the Vietnam War. The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (2006).

  28. Review of: Hemispheric Imaginings: The Monroe Doctrine and Narratives of U.S. Empire. American Historical Review (2006).

  29. Edited book: Longley, Rodney Kyle. Deconstructing Reagan: A Critical Analysis of Conservative Mythology. M.E. Sharpe (2005).

  30. Rodney Longley. Target Number One: Foreign Relations in the Tennessee Senate Race of 1970. Diplomatic History (2004).

  31. Rodney Longley. Target Number One: The Nixon Administration and Foreign Policy Issues in the Efforts to Unseat Senator Albert Gore, Sr. in 1970. Diplomatic History (2004).

  32. Longley, Rodney Kyle. Senator Albert Gore, Sr.: Southern Progressive. LSU Press (2004).

  33. Longley, Rodney Kyle. Senator Albert Gore, Sr.: Tennessee Maverick. Lousiana State University Press (2004).

  34. Review of: The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica. Hispanic American Historical Review (2004).

  35. Review of: Yankee No! Anti Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations. American Historical Review (2004).

  36. Rodney Longley. Online Study Guide. America's Longest War (2003).

  37. Rodney Longley. The Age of Imperialism and World War I. Department of Education Project for Educating Teachers (2003).

  38. Rodney Longley. The United States and the Cold War. Department of Education Project for Educating Teachers (2003).

  39. Edited book: Woods, Randall, Longley, Rodney Kyle. Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent. Cambridge University Press (2003).

  40. Book chapter: Longley, Rodney Kyle (Author) . The Reluctant Volunteer: The Origins of Senator Albert A. Gore's Opposition to the Vietnam War. The New Anti-Imperialists: Senate and House Opposition to the Vietnam War. Cambridge University Press (2003).

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Presentations

  1. Kyle Longley Red, White, and Blue to the Corps, 1966: The Morenci Nine and Their Decision to Join the Marines. McMullen Symposium. (Sep 2013).
  2. Kyle Longley "The Long Cold War in Latin America and Its Consequences". Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. (Aug 2012).
  3. Kyle Longley "Between Sorrow and War: The Morenci Nine and the Memory of the Vietnam War in Small Town America". Presidential Address, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. (Aug 2012).
  4. Kyle Longley "Terry Anderson's Bush's Wars and the Contemporary Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq". Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. (Aug 2011).
  5. Kyle Longley "Domestic Politics with Global Consequences: International Dimensions of Arizona SB 1070,". Nyack College and National Association of Evangelicals. (Nov 2010).
  6. Kyle Longley "Macho Presidents: Masculinity and Constructions of the Self and Its Impact on Modern American Presidents,". Pacific Coast Branch of American Historical Association. (Aug 2010).
  7. Kyle Longley "War in the West: The Case of the Mining Towns during the Vietnam War,". Pacific Coast Branch of American Historical Association. (Aug 2010).
  8. Kyle Longley "Roundtable on George Herring’s From Colony to Superpower". Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. (Jun 2010).
  9. Kyle Longley "Big Daddy from the Perdenales: A Roundtable on the Legacy of Lyndon Johnson,". Pacific Coast Branch of American Historical Association. (Aug 2009).
  10. Kyle Longley "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam,". Invited Lecture. (Apr 2009).
  11. Kyle Longley "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam,". Invited Lecture. (Apr 2009).
  12. Kyle Longley "The Forgotten Neighbors: The History of the United States and Latin America,". The Robert and Alma Wade Lecture. (Apr 2009).
  13. Kyle Longley "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam,". Invited Lecture. (Mar 2009).
  14. Kyle Longley "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam,". Invited Lecture. (Mar 2009).
  15. Kyle Longley "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam". Invited Lecture. (Mar 2009).
  16. Kyle Longley "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam". Lecture at Library of Congress. (Nov 2008).
  17. Kyle Longley Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam. Live Broadcast, Voice of America. (Nov 2008).
  18. Kyle Longley U.S. Military Occupations in Latin America: Test Cases in the Long History of U.S. Interventions. Meeting of New York Military Affairs Society. (Oct 2008).
  19. Kyle Longley Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam. Meeting of New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. (Oct 2008).
  20. Kyle Longley "Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam". Lecture at Saltzman Institute of War and Peace, Columbia University. (Oct 2008).
  21. Kyle Longley "Conservative Mythology and Ronald Reagan". Pacific Coast Branch of AHA meeting. (Aug 2008).
  22. Kyle Longley Anti-Americanism in Latin America: Its Origins and Ramifications. Invited Lecture by the U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida. (Aug 2008).
  23. Kyle Longley Cultural Interactions in Latin America: Time and Space and the Rise of Latin American Culture. Annual Conference of Society of American Foreign Relations. (Jun 2008).
  24. Longley, Rodney “The Veterans of Greenlee County and Their Impact on America and the World,”. Memorial Day Service, Greenlee County Arizona. (Nov 2007).
  25. Longley, Rodney “Latin America and the World,” in “Space, Place and Latin America: A Roundtable on the Intersection of History and Geography in Inter-American Relations,”. Annual Conference of Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. (Jun 2007).
  26. Longley, Rodney “Strategic Turning Points in Insurgencies: Case Studies in American History,”. West Point Corps of Cadets Lecture. (May 2007).
  27. Longley, Rodney The United States and Latin America in the 21st Century. West Point Lecture. (May 2007).
  28. Longley, Rodney “The Mexican Revolution of 1910 in Modern Mexican History,”. Mesa ISD International Baccalaureate Program. (Apr 2007).
  29. Longley, Rodney “The Short, Sweet Dream of Clive Garcia, Jr. USMC of Morenci, Arizona,”. Arizona Historical Association Conference. (Apr 2007).
  30. Longley, Rodney “The Reagan Legacy: Conservative Mythology and Ronald Reagan,”. WORT Radio, Madison, Wisconsin. (Feb 2007).
  31. Longley, Rodney Red Tide Rising? The Rise of the Latin American Left and Its Impact on U.S.-Latin American Relations. The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. (Jan 2007).
  32. Longley, Rodney Red Tide Rising? The Rise of the Latin American Left and Its Impact on U.S.-Latin American Relations. The Woodside Group. (Jan 2007).
  33. Longley, Rodney The Troop Surge in Iraq: President Bush's Speech and International Public Opinion. The Arizona Republic Forum. (Jan 2007).
  34. Longley, Rodney Always Faithful: The Morenci 9, Small Town America, and the Vietnam War. Arizona Historical Society. (Nov 2006).
  35. Longley, Rodney Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam. (Nov 2006).
  36. Longley, Rodney Always Faithful: The Morenci 9, Small Town America, and the Vietnam War. Daughters of the American Revolution. (Oct 2006).
  37. Longley, Rodney The Caudillo and the Cowboy: Hugo Chavez and George W. Bush and the History of U.S.-Venezeulan Relations. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference. (Jun 2006).
  38. Longley, Rodney The United States and Latin America during the Kennedy/Johnson Years. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. (Jun 2006).
  39. Longley, Rodney The Cowboy and the Caudillo: George W. Bush and Hugo Chavez in Contemporary U.S.-Venezuelan Relations. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. (Jun 2006).
  40. Longley, Rodney Brazil: The Sleeping Giant?. World Affairs Council. (Apr 2006).

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Service

  1. Arizona State Public History Program, Speaker, "Guatenamo Bay and the Politics of Human Rights and Foreign Policy (2013 - present)
  2. Austin American Statesman, Opinion Writer (2013 - present)
  3. Eastern Arizona Courier, opinion Writer (2013 - present)
  4. Austin American Statesman, Opinion Writer (2013 - present)
  5. Austin American Statesman, Opinion Writer (2013 - present)
  6. Austin American Statesman, Opinion Writer (2013 - present)
  7. Austin American Statesman, Opinion Writer (2013 - present)
  8. Blackwell Wiley, manuscript evaluator (2013 - present)
  9. University of Kentucky Press, manuscript evaluator (2013 - present)
  10. The Strauss Center on International Relations, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Government and Public Affairs, associate (2011 - 2015)
  11. Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, Participant (2008 - 2015)
  12. University of Kentucky Press, Member of Editorial Board (2012 - 2015)
  13. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Member of the Ferrell Book Prize Committee (2012 - 2015)
  14. History Unit, Director of Graduate Studies (2012 - 2014)
  15. SHRPRS, An Associate Director (2012 - 2014)
  16. History Unit, Head of the Faculty of History (2013 - 2014)
  17. SHPRS, Associate Director (2012 - 2014)
  18. President's Office, Teacher in the PEP Adventures in Learning Program (2013)
  19. History Unit, Director of Graduate Studies (2012 - 2013)
  20. American Historical Association, special committee member (2011 - 2013)
  21. Personnel and Advisory Committee, Chair Member (2010 - 2013)
  22. Personnel and Advisory Committee, Committee Member (2010 - 2013)
  23. University of Kansas Press, manuscript evaluator (2013)
  24. President's Office, PEP Course Leader (2013)
  25. History Unit, Search Committee Chair (2013)
  26. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Member of the Ferrell Book Prize Committee (2012 - 2013)
  27. History, Search Committee Chair (2012 - 2013)
  28. University of Kansas Press, Reviewer (2012)
  29. University of Alabama Press, Reviewer (2012)
  30. University of Texas Dallas, outside review (2012)
  31. Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA, Past President, Executive Committee (2010 - 2012)
  32. Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA, President (2010 - 2012)
  33. Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA, President Elect (2010 - 2012)
  34. Personnel and Advisory Committee, Chair (2010 - 2012)
  35. Program Committee, Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, recruiter for speakers for organization (2008 - 2012)
  36. Mesa Public Schools, Presenter for TAH grant (2011 - 2012)
  37. President's Office, Teacher in the PCEP Adventures in Learning Program (2010 - 2012)
  38. President's Office, Teacher in the PEP Adventures in Learning Program (2010 - 2012)
  39. University of West Virginia, Reviewer of promotion and tenure file (2011)
  40. Organization of American History, Speaker (2004 - 2011)

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