department of history


Dennis Merrill

Curator's Teaching Professor
U.S. Diplomatic, & Transnational, Contemporary U.S., Modern Latin America, Globalization, International Relations

208 Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-2542

Curriculum Vitae


1986 Ph.D., The University of Connecticut

1983-1984 Research Affiliate: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

1978 M.A., The University of Connecticut

1976 B.A., Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island

Bio Sketch

Dennis Merrill is a University of Missouri Curator’s Teaching Professor who specializes in the history of the United States in global context, with an emphasis on a broad spectrum of cultural, economic, and political interactions between the United States and the rest of the world. His books include Negotiating Paradise: U.S. Tourism and Empire in Twentieth Century Latin America published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009 and Bread and the Ballot: The United States and India’s Economic Development, 1947-1963 also by the University of North Carolina. Merrill’s articles and reviews have appeared in Diplomatic History, the Journal of American History, the Journal of US-East Asian Relations, the Pacific American Historical Review, and at HNET/hdiplo. He is co-editor with Thomas G. Paterson of the widely-adopted two volume Major Problems in American Foreign Relations (Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 7th edition, 2010) and general editor of the thirty-five volume series A Documentary History of the Truman Presidency<.em> (1995-2002). He has received two Fulbright grants to India, research support from the University of Missouri Research Board, and a grant from the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has also been a recipient of the Bernath Article prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence at UMKC. He is currently working on a study of nineteenth century U.S. sea faring merchants who helped to connect America to the world, tentatively titled: Maritime Merchants, U.S. Empire, & the Global Place, 1815-1915.

Courses Taught

> HIST 300C  The World Made Modern: World War I in Popular Film

> HIST 308A  America in the Era of the World Wars, 1914-1945

> HIST 308B  Cold War, Conformity, and Dissent: America, 1945-1989

> HIST 361  American and the World Since 1900

> HIST 5585  Cultures of U.S. Empire



Negotiating Paradise: U.S. Tourism and Empire in Twentieth Century Latin America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, (2009)

Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Seventh Edition, 2 vols., editor with Thomas G. Paterson (London/Farmington Hills: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, in press for 2010 publication) (previous editions published with Houghton Mifflin/D.C. Heath, 2005, 2000, 1995)

Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Concise edition, editor with Thomas G. Paterson (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006)

A Documentary History of the Truman Presidency, general editor, 35 vols. (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1995-2003)


“The Truman Doctrine: Containing Communism and Modernity,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, February 2006, pp. 27-37

“Conceptualizing the Third World: Language, Theory, and Method,” Diplomatic History, Spring, 2002, pp.317-324

“Negotiating Cold War Paradise: U.S. Tourism, Economic Planning, and Cultural Modernity in Twentieth Century Puerto Rico,” Diplomatic History, Spring 2001, pp. 179-214

Grants, Honors & Awards

2012 UMKC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council Outstanding Faculty Award

2006 Travel Grant to conduct research in the DeGoyler Library’s collection on Mexican tourism, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

2000-2002 University of Missouri Research Board, “Negotiating Cold War Paradise: U.S. Tourism in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean in the Twentieth Century,” $11,600

1995-1996 University of Missouri, Faculty Research Grant, for research on “The U.S. and Third World Development”