Name: Dr. David B. Woolner
Title: Professor of History
Office Location: Fontaine 209
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2279
Degrees Held:

B.A. summa cum laude, English Literature and History, University of Minnesota
M.A. and Ph.D. McGill University


Roosevelt Institute Bio

Awards & Honors:

Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History, University College Dublin, 2016-2017

Roosevelt Fellowship
University College Roosevelt, the Honors College of the University of Utrecht
Middelburg, The Netherlands, Spring Term 2016
Visiting Professor of History
Masters Program in American Studies
Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium, Spring Term, 2016
Acdemic Director
Grand Strateugy in Context: Institutions, People and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy
Study of the United States Foreign Policy Institute
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Bard College
Summer, 2016
Visiting Professor of History
Bard College
Spring 2012
Fulbright Research Chair
Roosevelt Study Center
Middelburg, The Netherlands, Fall Term 2010

Archives By-Fellow
Churchill College, Cambridge University
Michaelmas Term 2007

Awarded $162,000 Landmarks in American History Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for "FDR and the World Crisis: 1933-1945" a Summer Workshop for High School Teachers, July 2008

Awarded $143,000 Landmarks in American History Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for "FDR and the World Crisis: 1933-1945" a Summer Workshop for High School Teachers, July 2007

Awarded $215,000 grant for "Accessing FDR's America," by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of research to enhance current search and retrieval methods for humanities data, in collaboration with Nancy Ide, Chair of the Computer Science Department at Vassar College, August 2002

Principal author of a $150,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation to fund "Contemporary Russia and the New Deal," a two-year project to explore the relevance of New Deal policies and programs in modern-day Russia, May 2001.



The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace,  (Basic Books, December, 2017)

Editor, with John M. Thomson, Progressivism in America: Past, Present and Future (Oxford University Press, January 2016)

Editor, with David Reynolds and Warren Kimball, FDR's World: War Peace and Legacies (Palgrave, November 2008)

Editor, with Henry L. Henderson, FDR and the Environment (The World of the Roosevelts Series) (Palgrave, March 2005)

Editor, with Richard Kurial, FDR, the Vatican, and the Roman Catholic Church in America, 1933-1945 (The World of the Roosevelts Series) (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, November 2003)

Editor, The Second Quebec Conference Revisited: Waging War, Formulating Peace : Canada, Great Britain, and the United States in 1944-1945 (Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Series on Diplomatic and Economic History, Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, November 1998)

Select Book Chapters and Articles

"Forging Alliances: The United Nations and the Grand Alliance," in The Oxford Handbook of World War II, (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2018)

“FDR and the Creation of the Postwar International Order” in American Mosaic: Festschrift in Honor of Cornelis A. Van Minnen, edited by William E. Leuchtenburg (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2017).

“Churchill and the Birth of the Anglo-American ‘Special Relationship,’” in Winston Churchill: Politics, Strategy and Statecraft, edited by Richard Toye (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

“The Man Who Wasn’t There: Cordell Hull, Bretton Woods, and the Creation of GATT,” in Global Perspectives of the Bretton Woods Conference and the Postwar World Order, Giles Scott-Smith and J. Simon Role, Editors (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

"Franklin Rosevelt and the Progressive Tradition," co-authored with Alan Brinkley, in Progressivism in America: Past, Present and Future, (Oxford University Press, 2016)

"Progressivism Past and Present: FDR, Obama, and the Search for a New, New Deal," in Progressivmus in den USA, (Wissenscaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015)

"An American Perspective on the Cold War Origins," in Out of the Cold: The Cold War and its Legacy, ed. by Michael R. Fitzgerald and Allen Packwood, (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2013)

"Chuchill and Rooevelt: The Birth of the Anglo-Amercan Special Relaionship," for the Churchill Archive Online, published by Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

"Canada, Mackenzie King and the St. Pierre and Miquelon Crisis of 1941," London Journal of Canadian Studies, vol. 24, February, 2010

“Epilogue: Reflections on Legacy and Leadership—The View from 2008,” in FDR’s World: War Peace and Legacies, ed. by  David Woolner et. al., (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2008)

"Coming to Grips with the German Problem: Roosevelt, Churchill and the Morgenthau Plan at the Second Quebec Conference, in The Second Quebec Conference Revisited, ed. by David Woolner (Palgrave/St. Marins Press, 1998)

Book Reviews:

“Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties,” by Kevin M. Schultz, published in The Irish Times, January 9, 2016.

“Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist review: new look at ‘amoral realist,’” by Niall Ferguson, published in The Irish Times, October 3, 2015.

“America’s Pastor review: when Billy Graham talked the talk,” a review of America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation, by Grant Wacker, published in The Irish Times, Saturday, May 23, 2015.

“Why the ‘war to end all wars’ lingers on: The Long Shadow – The Great War and the Twentieth Century,” a review of The Long Shadow, by David Reynolds, published in The Irish Times, Saturday June 28, 2014

“Russia, Crimea and the Wisdom of a Cold War Strategist,” a review of The Kennan Diaries, edited by Frank Costigliola, published in The Irish Times, Saturday, May 17, 2014

“Into the bear pit: the fate of Theodore Roosevelt’s muckraking friends,” a review of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published in The Irish Times, February 1, 2014.

FDR and the Jews, by Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman,  the Journal of American History, Summer, 2014

American Grand Strategy in the Mediterranean during World War II, by Andrew Buchanan, in H-Diplo, HNET: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, summer 2015

Class and Power in the New Deal: Corporate Moderates; Southern Democrats and the Liberal-Labor Coalition, by G. William Domhoff and Michael J. Webber, International History Review, Spring 2014.

Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1933-1945, edited by Richard Breitman, Barbara McDonald Stewart, and Severin Hochberg, Hudson River Valley Review, Fall 2009

“Transition of Power: Britain’s Loss of Global Pre-eminence to the United States,” by B.J.C. McKercher, Albion, Summer 2000.


Historial Advisor, Redesign of the Permament Exibits, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, Hyde Pak, New York

Historical Advisor, FDR Presidential Library Special Exhibitions: Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War Two, February 2017-February 2018; Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History, June -December 2016; Action and Action Now: FDR's First 100 Days, March -December 2008; Freedom from Fear: FDR Commander in Chief, September 2005-November 2006, FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York

Principal Writer/Creative Consultant for a permanent exhibit on U.S.-Canadian Relations entitled "A Legacy of Friendship," housed in the Edmund Muskie Visitors Center, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Campobello Island, New Brunswick

Research Interests:

20th Century Anglo-American Relations
20th Century American Diplomatic History
Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt
Canadian-American Relations

American Foreign Policy 


Conferences & Workshops:

“FDR, Donald Trump and the Failed Legacy of Barak Obama,” Trump’s America Conference, the Clinton Institute of American Studies, University College Dublin, May 2017

“FDR and Donald Trump: A Tale of Two Populists,” the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Feb. 2, 2017

“Donald Trump and the Future of FDR’s World,” Reflection and Projection: The New Administration and Grand Strategy, Richmond University, London, Jan. 2017

“Making the case for Freedom of Worship: FDR, Stalin, and the Roman Catholic Church in the USSR and Beyond,” University of Galway, Mar. 2017.

“’The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself:’ FDR, Donald Trump, and the Future of American Progressivism,” presented to the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, December 5, 2016

“The New Deal In Retrospect: Harbinger of Change or Catalyst for Segregation,” Presented at the University of Zurich, October 28, 2016

“America at a Crossroads? The Progressive Tradition and the Election of 2016,” Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg, Germany, April 18, 2016

“The Four Freedoms and Global Security: A Legacy for Today and Tomorrow,” Burgerzaal, Town Hall Middelburg, Netherlands, January 25, 2015

“Towards the Marshall Plan: World War II and the Reconstruction of Europe,” Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Yale University, November 12, 2015 

“FDR and the Creation of the Postwar International Order,” paper delivered to the conference, The Second World War in the History of Humanity, 1939-1945, Moscow State University, September 15-17, 2015.

“FDR, Stalin, and the Grand Alliance in Context,” paper delivered to the annual Transatlantic Studies Conference, Middelburg, The Netherlands, July 10, 2015

“Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” presented at “Freedom’s Documents,” an educational workshop for high school teachers organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 23, 2015

“Franklin Roosevelt, the Azores and the Construction of a Sustainable World” keynote address to the Fourth Franklin D. Roosevelt Azorean Forum, Pico Island, Azores, April 8-9, 2015

“The Man who wasn’t there: Cordell Hull, Bretton Woods and the Creation of GATT,” presented at the conference, The U.N. and the Post-War World Order: Bretton Woods in Perspective, Roosevelt Study Center, September 17-18, 2014

"FDR and the Creation of the Postwar World," paper presented at the conference Progressivm in America: Past, Present and Future, sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute and the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College, Dublin, Ireland November 7-9, 2013

"Franklin D. Roosevelt's Economic Bill of Rights: A Lesson for Today?," presented at the Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Columbia University Faculty House, October 18, 2013

"America on the Brink of Collapse: FDR and the Launch of theNew Deal," presented at the symposium 1933--A Transformative Year in American HIstory, the Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Presiential Library, September 18, 2013

“Searching for Parallels: FDR, Obama, and American Foreign Policy in a Troubled World," lecture presented to the 22nd Annual Diplomatic Studies Roundtable, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston MA, November 16, 2012

“Why the Election of Barack Obama will not usher in a new, New Deal,” paper presented to the symposium on the 2012 American elections at the Institut für Politkwissenschaft of the University of Zurich, Zurich Switzerland, October 25, 2012

“Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Reluctant Keynesian?” paper presented to the annual Transatlantic Studies Association Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, July 9-12, 2012.

"Heroes or Villains? FDR, Pope Pius XII and the Evolution of Public Thought in Response to the Holocaust" presented at American Responses to the Holocaust: Transatlantic Perspectives, sponsored by the Roosevelt Study Center, the Netherlands-American Studies Association, and the Institute of Jewish Studies University of Antwerp, Middelburg, NL, and Antwerp, Belgium, June 15-17, 2011.

"Franklin D. Roosevelt; Catalyst for the Creation of the Post-war World," keynote address to the conference Succeeding in Emerging and Developing Markets:Understanding How Institutions Impact Firms and Managers, George Washington University Center for Business education and Research, June 7, 2011.

"Progressivism Past and Present: FDR, Obama and the Search for a New, New Deal," keynote address to the Annual Conference of Political Scientists in the German Association for American Studies,Lambrecht, Germany, November 12-13, 2011.

"Cordell Hull, Anthony Eden and the Search for Anglo-American Cooperation: 1933-1938," Andrew Melon Lecture in American History, delivered to the American History Seminar, Cambridge University, November 8, 2011.

"A New Deal for the 21st Century? Comparing the Legislative Initiatives of Barack Obama and Franklin D. Roosevelt," presented at the Interdisciplinary Colloquium of American Studies, Heidelburg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg Germany, October 14, 2010.

"Determining the Postwar Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt," presented at St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, British International History Group (BIHG) Conference, September 11,2010.
"Re-assessing the Eden-Hull Relationship in Depression and War," presented at the annual Transatlantic Studies Conference, Durham University, July 12-15, 2010.

Panelist: "The Origins of the Cold War from Yalta to Korea," at The Cold War and its Legacy, a conference sponsored by the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, November 18-19, 2009.

"Mackenzie King and the St. Pierre and Miquelon Crisis," British-Canadian Studies Association, Canada House, London, July 17, 2009.

"Embracing Internationalism: Reflections on the Postwar Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt," presented to the annual Transatlantic Studies Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England, July 15, 2009.
"FDR and Globalization," presented to the George Washington University International School of Business, Washington, D.C. June 17, 2009.

"Reflections on FDR's Foreign Policy," presented at the conference Restoring America Through a New, New Deal, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, November 15, 2008

"Navigating Events and Attitudes in Historical Documents: The Pearl Harbor Files," paper presented to the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, University of Chicago, November 5-6, 2006.

"Leo Pasvolsky: Architect of the Postwar World?", paper presented to the Transatlantic Studies Conference, University of Dundee, Scotland, July 2006

"Misreading the Special Relationship: Anthony Eden and America, 1935-1957," paper presented at the Legacy of Churchill's Atlantic Alliance Conference, the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, March 29-30, 2006.

"Cordell Hull and the Origins of GATT," paper presented to the British International History Group, Peterhouse, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, September 2005.

"Cordell Hull, the Trade Agreements Act, and the Postwar Economic Order," paper present to the annual Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Conference, Washington, D.C., June 23-24, 2005.

"Intelligent Search of Documents Relating to U.S.-Japanese Relations in the Six Months Prior to Pearl Harbor," paper presented to the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, the University of California at Berkley, February 18-20, 2005.

"Reflections on Cordell Hull and the 1934 Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act," presented at the "Role of the WTO System in the World Economy Conference," sponsored by Cornell University Law School, the Cordell Hull Institute, and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris, France, July 8-10, 2004.


Senior Fellow and Resident Historian Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute; Senior Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College; Honorary Fellow, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Netherlands; Editorial Board, International History Review; Member, Advisory Group to the Churchill Archives Project; Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR); British International History Group (BIHG); Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA)


Historical Consultant for Ken Burns Film, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, aired on PBS, fall 2014; Historical Consultant HBO/BBC Films Production of Churchill: Into the Storm, aired in 2009; Appearances on CNN, The History Channel, the BBC, Foxnews, NY1, Al Jazeera, WAMC Radio, BBC Radio 4, Radio Free Europe, BBC Wales; reviews, interviews/press pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Irish Times, Financial Times, Izvestia, Huffington Post, The,, Poughkeepsie Journal and other publications.