Faculty Directory

Kenton Clymer

Distinguished Research Professor

Fields of Study: Foreign Relations, United States – 19th Century, United States – 20th Century, Colonial Empires, Comparative/Transnational, Asia (Southeast Asia)

E-mail: kclymer@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-6814
Office: Zulauf 701

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1970

Current Research: A History of United States Relations with Burma

Major/Recent Publications:

  • John Hay: The Gentleman as Diplomat, University of Michigan Press, 1975
  • Protestant Missionaries in the Philippines, 1898-1916: An Inquiry into the American Colonial Mentality, Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1986
  • Quest for Freedom:  The United States and the Independence of India. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995. Indian edition, New Delhi: Prentice-Hall, 1997
  • The United States and Cambodia, 1870-1969: From Curiosity to Confrontation (London and New York: Routledge, 2004) [Together with the following book, winner of the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize for 2005 from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.]
  • The United States and Cambodia, 1969-2000: A Troubled Relationship (London and New York: Routledge, 2004) [Together with the previous book, winner of the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize for 2005 from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.]
  • Troubled Relations: The United States and Cambodia Since 1870 . (DeKalb, IL:  Northern Illinois University Press, forthcoming 2007). This is an updated, revised, and abridged version of my two volume history of the US-Cambodian relationship.
  • Editor, The Vietnam War:  Its History, Literature, and Music. El Paso:  Texas Western Press, 1998.  Distributed by the University of Texas Press.

Teaching Interests: I teach courses in the history of American foreign relations.  Specialized courses include the United States in Southeast Asia, and Asia and America. 

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 475  The United States and Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent
  • HIST 476  American Foreign Relations to 1914
  • HIST 477  American Foreign Relations Since 1914
  • HIST 470  America and Asia
  • Graduate seminars related to the above topics

Interdisciplinary Affiliations:
Center for Southeast Asian Studies