Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.
Permanent Senior Research Fellow
University of Notre Dame
Fr. Bill Miscamble is a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Miscamble joined the permanent faculty at Notre Dame in 1988. The Australian native was born on July 23, 1953, and educated at the University of Queensland, from which he graduated in 1973 and obtained a master's degree three years later. In 1976 he came to Notre Dame to pursue graduate studies in history. He received his doctoral degree in 1980. He then served for two years as North American analyst in the Office of National Assessments, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra, Australia. In August of 1982 he returned to Notre Dame and entered the priestly formation program of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He was ordained a priest on April 9, 1988. In the history department he teaches at all levels from first year courses to doctoral seminars. He chaired the history department from 1993 to 1998. In addition to his responsibilities on the history faculty he has served (2000-2004) as Rector and Superior of Moreau Seminary, the principle formation site for the Congregation of Holy Cross in North America. Fr. Miscamble's primary research interests are American foreign policy since World War II and the role of Catholics in 20th Century U.S. foreign relations. His book entitled George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950 was published in 1992 by Princeton University Press and received the Harry S. Truman Book Award. He also has authored Keeping the Faith, Making a Difference (2000), and edited American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline [with John Marszalek] (1997), and Go Forth and Do Good: Memorable Notre Dame Commencement Addresses (2003). His most recent book From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Cold War was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. It received the Harry S. Truman Book Award in 2008. He has published a number of other articles, essays and reviews. He presently is completing a book entitled The Least Abhorrent Choice: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan.
His next major project will be a book-length survey entitled, The Search for Influence: Catholics and American Foreign Policy from the Spanish-American War to the War in Iraq. This study will shed further light on the intersection of religion and foreign policy and will fill a definite lacuna in the field of U.S. diplomatic history.