History Department
History Department

Emily Whalen

B.A., The University of Virginia

Emily Whalen



Diplomacy, National Security, Middle East, Cold War, US History, US Foreign Policy, Lebanon, Europe, Islam, Public History


Emily Whalen is an historian of U.S. foreign policy.

She is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Texas - Austin, where she is a Graduate Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security. Emily is also an affiliated scholar at the American University of Beirut's Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, and in the 2018-2019 academic year, she is a Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University's International Security Studies program.

Emily works as an historical consultant for the EastWest Institute, an international Track-II think-tank. She was previously a coder for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Database, covering political violence in Pakistan. Emily's writing appears in several online publications, including Not Even Past, a public history website, Foreign Policy's Best Defense column, and Lawfare's Omphalos column. A distinguished graduate of the University of Virginia (BA 2010), Emily speaks French, Italian, and Levantine Arabic.

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