Gregory F Domber

Associate Professor

History • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Cold War, International History, U.S. diplomacy, international affairs, democracy and democratization, 20th century U.S. history, Eastern Europe, U.S.-Polish relations


Ph.D., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., January 2008 with distinction

B.A., Lafayette College, Easton, PA, June 1997, cum laude with honors in History, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta



2009 Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

2005 George Washington University Hoffmann Dissertation Award


American Historical Association
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2014-2016 Smith Richardson Foundation Strategy and Policy Fellowship

2011 UNF SMART Grant

2010 International Research and Exchanges (IREX) Short-term Research Grant

2009 UNF SMART Grant

2007 American Consortium for European Union Studies (ACES) Research Seed Grant

2006 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars East European Studies Program Short-Term Grant

2006 George C. Marshall/Baruch Dissertation Fellowship

2005-2007 Visiting Scholar, Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University

2005 Cosmos Club Foundation Young Scholars Award

2005 George Washington University Hoffmann Dissertation Award

2003-2004 J. William Fulbright Student Scholarship Grant for Poland

2003 Title VIII East-Central Europe Research and Language Scholarship, administered by the American Councils for International Education

2002 Kosciuszko Foundation Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship

Publications & Presentations

Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War. New Cold War History series, ed. Odd Arne Westad. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014.


Editor. Ku zwyciÄ™stwu „SolidarnoÅ›ci”: Korespondencja Ambasady USA z Departamentem Stanu, styczeÅ„-wrzesieÅ„ 1989 [Solidarity’s Coming Victory: the American Embassy's Correspondence with the Department of State, January to September 1989]. Warsaw: Instytut Studiów Politycznych, 2006.


“Humanitarian Aid, Soft Power, and American Influences on the End of the Cold War in Poland,” in Artemy Kalinovsky and Craig Daigle, eds., Routledge Handbook on the Cold War. Oxford: Routledge, 2014.


“The National Endowment for Democracy (Narodowy Dar dla Demokracji, NED) i amerykaÅ„skie sieci poparci dla „Solidarnosci” w okresie 1984-1989,” in Swiat wobec „Solidarnosci” w okresie 1980-1989. Warsaw: Instytut PamiÄ™ci Narodowej, 2014.

“International Pressure for a Negotiated Transition in Poland, 1981-1989,” in Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul, eds., Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.


“‘Tear Down this Wall’: The Fall of Communism and the Emergence of Eastern Europe,” in Robert McMahon and Tom Zeiller, eds, The CQ Press Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History. Sag Harbor, NY: DWJ Books, LLC, 2012.


“Ending the Cold War, Unintentionally,” in Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, N. Piers Ludlow, and Leopoldo Nuti, eds., Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945–1990. Oxford: Bergham Books, 2012.


“Skepticism and Stability: Reevaluating U.S. Policy Toward Poland’s Democratic Transformation in 1989,” Journal of Cold War Studies 13, no. 3 (Summer 2011): 52-82.
Reviewed by Mary Sarotte for H-Diplo ( AR330.pdf)


“Transatlantic Relations, Human Rights, and Power Politics,” in Odd Arne Westad and Poul Villaume, eds., Perforating the Iron Curtain: European Détente, Transatlantic Relations, and the Cold War, 1965-1985. Copenhagen: Copenhagen University Press, 2010.


DomberContact Information

(904) 620-2886