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Lori Clune

Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Lori Clune

Office: Social Sciences 128


Office Phone: 559-278-8895


Ph.D. - University of California, Davis (2010)
Social Science Teaching Credential (1991)
MA - New York University (1987)
BA - Purchase College (1985)

Fall 2023

Course Days/Times
HIST 177 - American History in Film TH 6:00 - 8:50 pm
HIST 198 - Crafting History TTH 9:30 - 10:45 am

Spring 2024

Course Days/Times
HIST 194 - US and Vietnam W 6:00 - 8:50 pm
HIST 179T - A History of Games and Gaming in the United States MWF 1:00 - 1:50 pm
HIST 299A - Thesis  
HIST 299B - Thesis  

  • Modern United States
  • Cold War
  • Diplomatic History
  • Espionage
  • Games / Video Games


Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World, (NY: Oxford University Press, 2016). 

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Pushing Back: Nuclear Disarmament and Peace Activism during the Cold War and Beyond,” in Kimber Quinney and Amy L. Sayward, eds., Understanding and Teaching Contemporary American History since 1980 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming, winter 2021).

“Waging War with Words, 1945-1963” in Christopher Dietrich, ed., A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations, Colonial Era to the Present (Mass: Wiley Blackwell, 2020).

“How Donald Trump Could Use His Pardon Power for Good,” Made by History, The Washington Post, 19 June 2018.

“David Greenglass,” entry in Susan Ware, ed., American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

“Political Ideology and Activism to 1966” in Andrew L. Johns, ed., A Companion to Ronald Reagan (Mass: Wiley Blackwell, 2015), ISBN: 978-1-11-860777-0.

“What Died with Ethel and Julius Rosenberg?  Losing Hearts and Minds in 1950s Latin America,” in Avital Bloch and Rosario Rodriguez, eds., The Cold War: North America and Latin America, 1945-1970 / La Guerra Fria y las Americas, 1945-1970 (Mexico: University of Colima Press, 2013), Spanish translation, ISBN: 978-607-424-407-6.

Additional opinion essays for History News Network, and numerous book reviews for H-Diplo and the Journal of Cold War Studies.


  • U.S. Since 1877
  • Historical Research & Writing
  • History of American Games
  • History of/in Video Games
  • U.S. and Cuba
  • U.S. and Vietnam
  • U.S. and the Great Wars, 1914-1945
  • U.S. During the Cold War 
  • U.S. in the Twentieth Century World


  • Intro to Graduate Writing and Historiography
  • U.S. Since 1877
  • Cold War America
  • Global Cold War
  • From cold war to Cold War
  • Cold War Culture

I am currently working on two projects.  One explores the history of the video game industry in the United States.  The other highlights the role that games (board, card, and electronic) have played throughout the course of American history.