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Bruce R. Kuniholm, Professor of Public Policy, Professor of History and Dean Emeritus, Sanford School of Public Policy  

Office Location: 116A Sanford Building
Office Phone: (919) 613-7341
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: bruce.kuniholm@duke.edu
Note: (On leave, 2013-2014)

Areas of Expertise

  • History
  • International
    • Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping
    • Middle East
    • U.S. Foreign Policy

Policy Sciences, M.A.P.P.S., Duke University, 1976
Ph.D., Duke University, 1976
History, M.A., Duke University, 1972
English, A.B., Dartmouth College, 1964
French, University of Dijon, France, 1962

Research Categories: Middle East Policy, International Security Studies, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Research Description: U.S. policy in the Middle East; U.S. diplomatic history; national security

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Pubpol 205.01, United states foreign policy Synopsis
    Rubenstein 151, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. B. Kuniholm. "Die Nahostkriege, der Palastinakonflikt und er Kalte Krieg." Heisse Kriege im Kalten Krieg. Ed. Bernd Greiner, Christian Th Muller, Dierk Walter 2006
  2. B. Kuniholm. "(Interviews: WRAL TV, NPR (Wisc. and Min.), ABC, Channel 5, 14, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald." (2006).
  3. Vassilis Fouskas. Zones of Conflict: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Balkans and the Greater Middle East.  Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans 7.1 (March, 2005): 126-128.
  4. Athanasios Lykogiannis. Britain and the Greek Economic Crisis 1944-1947: from Liberation to the Truman Doctrine.  American Historical Review 109.5 (December, 2004): 1633-1634.
  5. B. Kuniholm. "Thinking about the Future: Turkey, the United States and the World." Turkish-American Relations: Past, Present and Future. Ed. Mustafa Aydin and Cagri Erhan Routledge, 2004: 213-229.

Bruce Kuniholm, professor of public policy and history, is a prize-winning scholar and teacher who served as the inaugural Dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy from 2009 to 2013. Kuniholm previously was director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy twice—from 1989 to 1994, and from 2005 to 2009, during which time his leadership of fundraising efforts led to the creation of the Sanford School on July 1, 2009.

He also served as Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs (1996-2001) and Director of the Center for International Studies. During his tenure, Duke undertook a broad range of initiatives to support the internationalization of the university.

Previously, Kuniholm was a teacher and basketball coach at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, served as a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam, and served in the U.S. Department of State— first in the Bureau of Intelligence, and then as a member of the Policy Planning Staff.

Kuniholm’s research has focused on diplomatic history and U.S. foreign policy in the Near and Middle East. He has lectured in 24 countries and is the recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, National Endowment for the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Norwegian Nobel Institute. He has published more than 100 books, articles, chapters, and book reviews. He has served on approximately 50 faculty and national committees.

He holds the following degrees: PhD (History) Duke; MA (Public Policy), Duke; M.A (History) Duke; AB (English) Dartmouth College.

Bruce R. Kuniholm