Fr. Bill Miscamble, C.S.C., joined the permanent faculty of the History Department at Notre Dame in 1988. The Australian native attended the University of Queensland, from which he graduated in 1973 and obtained a master’s degree three years later. In 1976 he came to Notre Dame to pursue graduate studies in history, where he received his doctoral degree. He then served for two years as North American analyst in the Office of National Assessments, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra, Australia. In August of 1982 he returned to Notre Dame and entered the priestly formation program of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He was ordained a priest on April 9, 1988.
Fr. Miscamble’s primary research interests are American foreign policy since World War II and the role of Catholics in 20th century U.S. foreign relations. His book entitled George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950 was published in 1992 by Princeton University Press and received the Harry S. Truman Book Award. He also has authored Keeping the Faith, Making a Difference (2000), and edited American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline [with John Marszalek] (1997), and Go Forth and Do Good: Memorable Notre Dame Commencement Addresses (2003). His recent book From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Cold War was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. It received the Harry S. Truman Book Award in 2008. He has published a number of other articles, essays and reviews. He has just completed a book entitled The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan. This will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.
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