Marc Selverstone ’80 — an associate professor at the University of Virginia — has won the 2010 Stuart L. Bernath Prize for his 1st book: Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945–1950. The prize is presented annually by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in recognition of distinguished research and writing by scholars of American foreign relations.
In his book, Selverstone explores American and British efforts to define global communism. The American and British Cold War mindset — which saw communism as a monolithic conspiratorial movement controlled from Moscow — shaped international relations for much of the 20th century.
The prize committee described Selverstone’s work as “a far-reaching, deeply researched study that combines close comparative analysis and subtle yet compelling arguments.”
Selverstone is an associate professor with UVa’s Miller Center of Public Affairs Presidential Recordings Program. His interests include U.S. foreign relations post-1945, the culture of the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. His next book is The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam.