John McNay

John T. McNay

Professor of History

Professional Summary

My research has focused mainly on the History of American foreign relations, especially the Cold War. I also have a signficiant interest in labor history. I teach the Cold War, World War II, the Vietnam War, the diplomatic history survey, and World History. I was awarded a senior research visiting fellowship to the Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo, Norway, in 2016. I've held various local, state, and national positions with the American Association of University Professors. Currently, I am president of the Ohio Conference, AAUP, which represents about 6,000 faculty across the state.


PhD, History, Temple University Philadelphia, PA, 1997 (History of American foreign relations)

MA, History, University of Montana Missoula, MT, 1991 (United States History)

BA, Journalism, University of Montana Missoula, MT, 1980 (Journalism, newspaper reporting and editing)

Positions and Work Experience

09-2000 -To Present Professor of History, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

09-1998 -05-2000 Visiting Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

09-1997 -05-1998 Visiting Assistant Professor, Cheyney University, Philadelphia, PA


Peer Reviewed Publications

John T. McNay (2008. ) Breaking the Copper Collar: Press Freedom, Professionalization, and the History of Montana Journalism .American Journalism: A Journal of Media History, , 25 (Winter 2008 ) ,

Other Publications

John T. McNay (2011. ) The War on Higher Education .Passport, (Sept. 2011 ) , Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations.

John T. McNay (2005. ) Balancing Teach and Research .Passport, (August 2005 ) , Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Published Books

John T. McNay (2001. ) Acheson and Empire: The British Accent in American Foreign Policy .Columbia, MO , University of Missouri Press (Author)

John T. McNay (2009. ) The Memoirs of Ambassador Henry F. Grady: From the Great War to the Cold War .Columbia, MO , University of Missouri Press (Editor)

John T. McNay (2012. ) Collective Bargaining and the Battle of Ohio: The Defeat of Senate Bill 5 and the Struggle to Defend the Middle Class .New York, NY , Palgrave (Author)

Book Chapter

John T. McNay (2000 ) The Expert: Bernard Fall and His Critique of America's Involvement in Vietnam The Human Tradition on the Vietnam Era .(pp. 63-80).Wilmington, DE, Scholarly Resources (Author)

John T. McNay (2012 ) George V. Allen: Operating at the Dawn of the Cold War Diplomats at War: The American Experience .Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Republic of Letters Press (Author)


Invited Presentations

John T. McNay (11-2017. ) The Challenges to Academic Freedom .Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH. Other Institution. . Level:University

John T. McNay (09-2016. ) Presidential Decisions for Peace .Life of the Mind lecture series, University of Cincinnati. Level:University

John T. McNay (05-31-2016. ) Presidents and Peace .Nobel Peace Institute, Oslo, Norway. Level:International

Paper Presentations

John T. McNay (07-2017. ) Choosing Peace: Truman and the Berlin Airlift .University College, Cork, Cork Ireland. Conference. Level:International

John T. McNay (08-2016. ) Riding the Dragon: John Paton Davies, the China Hands, and Perils of Diplomacy .Waikiloa, Hawaii. Conference. Level:International

John T. McNay (03-2015. ) Pushing Back Against Efforts to Undermine Higher Education: Ohio as a Case Study .Julian Samora Reseach Institute, Michigan State University. Conference. Level:National

John T. McNay (09-2013. ) Strategic Choices: Civilians as Targets in World War II .Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH. Conference. Level:Regional

John T. McNay (09-2013. ) George V. Allen and the Origins of the Cold War in Iran .University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland. Conference. Level:International

John T. McNay (04-2011. ) Dean Acheson: Ireland and Memory .Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College, Dublin, Ireland. Conference. Level:International

Contact Information

Academic - Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science
University of Cincinnati
Blue Ash  Ohio, 45236
Phone: 513-792-8631