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 is a historian of U.S. foreign policy and of the Middle East.

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. Previously, Emily has been a Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at Yale’s International Security Studies Program and an affiliated scholar at the American University of Beirut's Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. In 2019-2020, she will be an Ernest May Predoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The PEO Sisterhood and the American Association of University Women have also supported Emily’s work.

Emily works as a historical consultant for the EastWest Institute, an international, non-governmental think-tank specializing in Track-II diplomacy. 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, Task and Purpose, and Lawfare. A distinguished graduate of the University of Virginia (BA 2010), Emily speaks French, Italian, and Levantine Arabic.

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