Kathryn Statler, PhD

Kathryn Statler
Phone: (619) 260-4652
Office: Kroc Inst for Peace & Justice 271

Professor, History

  • Ph.D.,  University of California, Santa Barbara; History
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; History
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; History and French Literature

Kathryn C. Statler, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1999.  She is the coordinator of the Peace and Justice Studies minor. Statler offers undergraduate courses on the Vietnam wars, U.S. foreign relations, history of France, peace and justice studies, and armed conflict and American society.  Her research focus is international and multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on alliance politics and cultural diplomacy.

Areas of Expertise


Scholarly Work

Statler’s research has focused on Franco-American cooperation and conflict during the 1950s as the United States became increasingly involved in Vietnam. Her book Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam (2007) examines how and why the Eisenhower administration chose to replace France militarily, politically, economically, and culturally, with the result that the United States became the dominant western power in Vietnam by the mid 1950s. Statler is also co-editor of The Eisenhower Administration, the Third World, and the Globalization of the Cold War (2006) in which nationally recognized scholars assess the collision of decolonization and Cold War concerns and the impact of this collision on U.S. foreign policy. Her current book project, titled Lafayette’s Ghost: A History of Franco-American Cooperation and Conflict, is a history of Franco-American cultural diplomacy from the American Revolution to the present.

Areas of Interest

Statler has taught numerous courses at USD, including freshmen seminars, surveys in United States history, historians methods, upper division courses, and senior capstone seminars. She has also taught a graduate seminar in diplomacy and decision-making for the Master’s program in Peace and Justice Studies and an interdisciplinary team-taught upper division honors course on French politics and history.