Laura Belmonte, a history professor at Virginia Tech, began her tenure as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences on August 1, 2019. Belmonte had most recently served as associate dean for instruction and personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University. There she had previously served as director of the American Studies Program, which she co-founded; head of the Department of History; and a co-founder of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program.
A specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations, Belmonte is author of Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War and numerous articles on cultural diplomacy. Her most recent book, A History of the International LGBT Movement, will be published by Bloomsbury as part of the series “New Approaches to International History.”
Belmonte serves on the nominating committee of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She has also served on the society’s national council and the editorial board of its official journal, Diplomatic History. She is serving her third three-year term on the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee for Historical Diplomatic Documentation, a group that participates in ongoing debates over transparency and declassification and the intersections between historical events and contemporary diplomacy.
Belmonte holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia.
- U.S. History
- U.S. Foreign Relations
- Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1996
- M.A., University of Virginia, 1991
- A.B., University of Georgia, 1989
- Dean, Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
- Professor, Department of History
- Elizabeth Kolmer Award from the Mid-America American Studies Association, 2017
- College of Arts and Sciences Finalist, Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, 2010
- Friend of Non-Traditional Students Award, 2009
- College of Arts and Sciences Finalist, Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, 2009
- College of Arts and Sciences Finalist, Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008
- Nominee, Phoenix Graduate Teaching Award, 1999
A History of the International LGBT Rights Movement (contracted with Bloomsbury as part of the “New Approaches to International History” series; Thomas Zeiler, editor).
An Unlimited Destructive Force: A History of U.S. Global Policy on HIV/AIDS, 1981–2018 (research in progress).
Global Americans: A History of the United States (coauthored with Maria E. Montoya, Steve Hackel, Lon Kurashige, Carl Guarneri, and Ellen O’Connor). Cengage, 2018.
Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. Paperback edition, 2010.
Editor, Speaking of America: Readings in U.S. History, 2 vols. Cengage (formerly Thomson-Wadsworth Learning Company), 1st ed., 2003; 2nd ed., 2006 (3rd edition, forthcoming).
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
“‘Gay Rights are Human Rights’” – LGBTI Equality and U.S. Public Diplomacy.” in Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy. Nicholas Cull and Nancy Snow, eds. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, in production
“The International LGBT Rights Movement: An Introductory History.” in Lora Wildenthal and Jean Quataert, eds. Routledge History of Human Rights. London: Routledge, in production.
“Propaganda in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations.” in Mark A. Lawrence, ed. Oxford
Reference Encyclopedia in American History. New York: Oxford University Press, published online May 2017.
“Popular Culture and the Cold War.” In Matthew Masur, ed. Understanding and Teaching the Cold War. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2017, pp. 159–173.
Colloquy contributor, “Queering America and The World.” Diplomatic History 40 (Winter 2016).
“USIA Responds to the Women’s Movement” in David Snyder, Hallvard Notaker, and Giles Scott Smith, eds. Selling American in an Age of Uncertainty: U.S. Public Diplomacy in the New International Order, 1965-1980. New York, Bloomsbury, 2015, pp. 79-93.
“Promoting American Anti-Imperialism in the Early Cold War.” in Empire’s Twin: Varieties of Anti-Imperialism since 1776. Ian Tyrell and Jay Sexton, eds. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015, pp. 187-202.
“Turning the Lens on Film and Foreign Relations.” Introduction to Forum on Connie Field’s Have You Heard from Johannesburg in Diplomatic History (November 2012): 785-87.
“Exporting America: The U.S. Propaganda Offensive, 1945-1959.” in The Arts of Democracy: Art, Civic Culture, and the State ed. Casey N. Blake. Woodrow Wilson Center Press and the University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007, pp. 12350.
“Selling Capitalism: Modernization and U.S. Overseas Propaganda, 1945–1959.” in Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Globalization of the Cold War. eds, Michael Latham, Nils Gilman, Mark Haefele, and David Engerman, eds. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003, pp. 107-28.
“A Family Affair? Gender, USIA, and Cold War Ideology, 1945-1960.” in Culture and International Relations. eds. Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Frank Schumacher. Oxford, UK: Berghahn Press, Ltd., 2003, pp. 79-93.
“No Substitute for Virility: Douglas MacArthur, Gender, and the Culture of Militarism.” in MacArthur and the American Century ed. William M. Leary. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001, pp. 436-65.
“Harvey Milk, San Francisco, and Gay Migration.” in The Human Tradition in the American West eds. Reagan Lutz and Benson Tong. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, Inc, 2001, pp. 209-25. Reprinted in The Human Tradition in America: 1865 to the Present ed. Charles Calhoun. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 2003.
“Anglo-American Relations and the Dismissal of MacArthur.” Diplomatic History 19 (Fall 1995): 641-68.
- Oklahoma Humanities Council Grant, OSU College of Arts and Sciences Matching Grant, 2015 ($500/$2,500)
- Departmental Summer Travel Award, 2014 ($7,500)
- Departmental Summer Travel Award, 2013 ($2,500)
- Departmental Summer Travel Award, 2012 ($3,000)
- Oklahoma Humanities Council Grant, OSU College of Arts and Sciences Matching Grant, 2009 ($500/$2,500)
- OSU College of Arts and Sciences FY09 Travel Grant, 2008 ($2,500)
- OSU Department of History Summer Travel Grant, 2007 ($4,000)
- OSU College of Arts and Sciences, ASR Travel Grant, 2007 ($2,500)
- OSU Department of History Summer Travel Grant, 2006 ($2,500)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Rethinking America in Global Perspective,” Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 2005 ($5,000)
- Grants Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2004
- University Sabbatical, Oklahoma State University, 2002–03
- Residential Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 2002–03 ($30,000)
- Oklahoma Humanities Council Grant, OSU College of Arts and Sciences Matching Grant, 1999 ($500/$2,500)
- OSU College of Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, 1998 ($2,500)
- Dean’s Incentive Grant, 1998 ($3,000)
- OSU Innovative Teaching Grant, 1997 ($2,500)
- OSU College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Award, 1997 ($3,000)
- Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities Grant, OSU College of Arts and Sciences Matching Grant, 1997 ($500/$2,500)
- Harry S. Truman Institute Travel Grant, 1997
- Research Travel Fellowship, OSU Department of History, 1996–97
- Dupont Fellowship, 1994–95
- Dupont Fellowship, 1993–94
- Academic Enhancement Fellowship, 1991–92
- Academic Enhancement Fellowship, 1990–91
- Summer Foreign Language Study Grant, 1991
- Graduate Travel Grant from Harry S. Truman Institute, 1991
- Department Liaison, Teaching Resource Center, 1991
- Travel Grant, Douglas MacArthur Memorial Foundation, 1990
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