About me



Areas of expertise

American history; U.S. foreign relations; 20th century international history

Member Details

Full Name

Conor Tobin (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



2015: PhD (History), University College Dublin
2007: MA (History of International Relations), University College Dublin
2006: BA (Hons.), University College Dublin


2020-2021: Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, UCD School of History
2016-2017: Lecturer/Assistant Professor in American History, UCD School of History
2016: Lecturer in American History, UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies
2015-2016: Teaching Fellow in American History, UCD School of History
2014-2015: Occasional Lecturer, UCD School of History
2012-2015: Lecturer in Modern History, Dublin Business School
2009-2014: Senior Tutor, UCD School of History
2010-2012: Writing Clinic Facilitator, UCD College of Arts & Celtic Studies
2006-2006: Tutor, UCD School of History & Archives

Consultancy work

- Contributor to "Voices & Visions: A Collaboratively Built Primary Source Reader for US Foreign Relations" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (vandvreader.org)
- Reviewer for "History: The Journal of the Historical Association"


"US Foreign Policy Since 1945"
"The Making of Modern America, c. 1776-1945"
"Foundations of American Foreign Policy"
"The American Political Tradition"
"American Society During the Cold War"
"Morning in America: Conservative Political Activism in the United States, 1960-1980"
"Debates in History"
"Conflict in Modern Europe"
"The Age of Extremes: Fascism, Communism and Democracy, 1919-1945"
"From Enlightenment to Revolution: America, France, and Ireland, 1715-1815"

Committees & Associations

Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS), member; co-organizer of the 2017 annual conference
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), member
British International Studies Association (BISA), member
Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH), member

Other activities

Co-convenor of #Afghanistan1979 twitter project



"'A Soviet Vietnam?' Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Carter Administration, and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan." (ongoing book project)

Book Chapters

"The United States and the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989." In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, ed. Jon Butler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020), https://oxfordre.com/americanhistory/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.001.0001/acrefore-9780199329175-e-832

Peer Reviewed Journals

"The Myth of the 'Afghan Trap': Zbigniew Brzezinski and Afghanistan, 1978-1979." Diplomatic History 44, no. 2 (April 2020): 237-64, https://academic.oup.com/dh/article/44/2/237/5699276

Electronic Publications

"Report from Vietnam, February 27, 1968." Voices & Visions, June 2018, http://vandvreader.org/report-from-vietnam-february-27-1968/

"The Carter Doctrine, January 23, 1980." Voices & Visions, November 2017, http://vandvreader.org/1980-state-of-the-union-the-carter-doctrine-january-23-1980/


“Review of Zbigniew Brzezinski: America’s Grand Strategist. By Justin Vaïsse. Translated by Catherine Porter. Harvard University Press. 2018. 544pp. £25.95.” History: The Journal of the Historical Association 104, no. 360 (April 2019): 401-3.

“Review of The Cuban Missile Crisis: Origins, Course and Aftermath. By Jonathan Colman. Edinburgh University Press. 2016. vii + 296pp. £24.99.” History: The Journal of the Historical Association 103, no. 354 (January 2018): 190-92.