Michaela Hoenicke Moore

Michaela Hoenicke Moore
Associate Professor
United States in the World
International relations
European and U.S. history
Political culture of the U.S. and its foreign policy
310 Schaeffer Hall
Office Hours: 
On Research Leave spring 2018
Phone Number: 
(319) 335-2295

At the center of my research lie two broad themes addressing the cultural underpinnings of international relations and liberal democracy respectively. I am interested in the relationship between the political culture of the United States and its foreign policy, on the one hand, and in European responses to ‘America’ as a democracy and a world power on the other. My first book Know Your Enemy: The American Debate on Nazism, 1933-1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) explored the political and intellectual context in which American popular and official conceptions of Nazi Germany were developed. It won the 2010 Myrna F. Bernath Book Award awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). Listen to a discussion of the book on Marshall Poe’s New Books in History. http://newbooksinhistory.com/2009/11/29/michaela-hoenicke-know-your-enemy-american-debate-on-nazism-1933-1945/  
Several years ago I began a project studying how German political journalists refashioned their private and political identities after 1945 and how they used America as a key concept in the political-intellectual transition from dictatorship to democracy. This project now forms part of a larger exploration of the different European and American experiences in World War Two and the respective lessons drawn from the trauma of fascism, communism, war and genocide.
Currently I am working on nationalism and US foreign policy. This project examines the profound transformation of American patriotism after 1941 to reveal the multifaceted domestic debates over this country’s international role. It investigates patriotism as an expression of national belonging and identity necessary for the formulation, legitimization and contestation of U.S. foreign policy. While much of the literature on nationalism and political culture emphasizes continuity and recurring patterns, my aim is to bring out the disparate visions of America’s role in the world as well as their changing nature over time.
I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina in 1998. Before joining the department in 2008, I taught US history at the Kennedy Institute of the Free University in Berlin and York University in Toronto, as well as transatlantic history as a DAAD visiting professor at the University of North Carolina. Between 1999 and 2001 I worked as a senior fellow in US Foreign Policy at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.



I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of US foreign policy, transnational history, international relations and history and theory.


  • HIST:2151  The Global Cold War--Introducation to the History Major
  • HIST:2151  The American Dream in International Perspective--Introduction to the History Major
  • HIST:3143  International Politics: History of the Present
  • HIST:3145  Europe and the US in the 20th Century
  • HIST:3995  Honors Research Seminar
  • HIST:4125  War and Peace in the 20th Century
  • HIST:4230  The Political Culture of American Foreign Policy
  • HIST:4232  United States in World Affairs
  • HIST:4236  Major Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • HIST:7246  The United States in the World (graduate reading seminar)
Awards & Service: 
  •  Obama Fellow, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Mainz, Germany, Summer 2017
  •  Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Innsbruck, Austria, Spring 2017
  •  Director of Graduate Studies, 2014-2016
  •  Editorial Board, Diplomatic History, 2014-2016
  •  Fellow-in-Resident at UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Fall 2013
  •  Honors Program Director, History, UI (2012-)
  •  Dean’s Scholar (2011-13), UI
  •  Editorial Advisory Board, University Press of Kentucky Book Series Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace, 2012 –
  •  International Travel Grant (2009, 2011)
  •  Myrna Bernath Book & Fellowship Awards Committee, SHAFR, 2010-2013
  •  Arts & Humanities Initiative Grant, UI (2010)
  •  Myrna Bernath Book Prize 2010, SHAFR
  •  Travel Grant Committee, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, 2008-
  •  Summer Research Fellowship, SIUE (2006)
  •  Management Committee, Transatlantic Studies Association (2008-11)
  •  J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship, AHA & LC (1999/2000)
  •  Foreign Policy Studies Fellowship, Brookings Institution (1992/93)
  •  German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Dissertation Grant (1992)
  •  International Federation of University Women Award (1992)
  •  Beeke-Levy Research Fellowship, Roosevelt Institute, NY (1991)
  •  German Historical Institute Dissertation Fellowship, Washington, DC (1991)
  •  Fulbright Student Scholarship (1987-89)