Member Spotlight – Lloyd E. Ambrosius, PhD

ambrosiusprofSamual Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor of International Relations
Professor of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lloyd E. Ambrosius, Samual Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor of International Relations & Professor of History at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, specializes in U.S. Foreign Relations, American Presidency, and International History.  He served as President (2015-2017) of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Select Publications:


Wilsonianism: Woodrow Wilson and His Legacy in American Foreign Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002) [cloth and paperback editions]

Wilsonian Statecraft: Theory and Practice of Liberal Internationalism during World War I (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1991) [cloth and paperback editions]

Woodrow Wilson and the American Diplomatic Tradition: The Treaty Fight in Perspective (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1987) [paperback 1990]

Edited Books:

Writing Biography: Historians & Their Craft  (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004)

A Crisis of Republicanism: American Politics in the Civil War Era (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990)

Wilsonian Statecraft: Theory and Practice of Liberal Internationalism During World War I (America in the Modern World) (American in Modern World) (Scholarly Resources, 1991)

Recent Articles and Chapters:

“The ‘Others’ in Wilsonianism,” U.S. Foreign Policy and the “Other,” eds. Michael Cullinane and David Ryan (Brooklyn, NY & Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books, 2014), forthcoming

“Legacy and Reputation,” A Companion to Woodrow Wilson, ed. Ross A. Kennedy (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2013), 569-87

“U.S. Military and Diplomatic History during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, ed. Timothy J. Lynch (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 1:420-32

“Making the World Safe for Democracy,” The Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History, eds. Robert McMahon and Thomas Zeiler (Sag Harbor, NY: DWJ Books, 2012), 1:129-41

“The Great War, Americanism Reconsidered, and the Anti-Wilson Crusade,” A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt, ed. Serge Ricard (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2011), 468-84

“Know Your Enemy–And Yourself,” Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 42 (September 2011), 30-32

“Democracy, Peace, and World Order,” Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson, ed. John Milton Cooper, Jr. (Washington, DC: Wilson Center Press & Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 225-49

“Woodrow Wilson and The Birth of a Nation: American Democracy and International Relations,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 18 (December 2007): 689-718

“War and Peace in the Global Community, 1989-2001,” A Companion to International History, 1900-2001, ed. Gordon Martel (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2007), 394-407

“Woodrow Wilson and George W. Bush: Historical Comparisons of Ends and Means in Their Foreign Policies,”Diplomatic History 30 (June 2006): 509-43

“Woodrow Wilson, Alliances, and the League of Nations,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 5 (April 2006): 139-65

“Nationale Selbstbestimmung im Ersten und Zweiten Weltkrieg: Eine Vergleichsstudie von Wilson bis Roosevelt,”Deutschland und die USA in der Internationalen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts: Festschrift für Detlef Junker, eds. Manfred Berg and Philipp Gassert (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004), 237-62

Professional Honors:

Vice President (2013-2015) and President-elect (2015-2017) of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Video - Put Yourself on the Map: Lloyd Ambrosius

Video - The Seeds of Wilsonianism