Joseph Ledford

Office Hours: 
2110 Dwinelle; Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Research Interests: 

I study the history of United States foreign relations. I am interested not only in the formulation of American foreign policy, but also its implementation, especially during the Ronald Reagan administration. My research also focuses on the exercise of presidential power and the relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy. Geographically, I am concerned with the role of the U.S. in Latin America and the Middle East. Beyond U.S. foreign relations history, my interest gravitates toward International Relations and Grand Strategy.

My current project is on the Iran-Contra Affair. It addresses how and why the affair resulted from Reagan's foreign policy and his battle with Congress over its execution. I examine the political and strategic conditions that produced Iran-Contra and their relation to the Cold War and the role of presidential power in conducting foreign affairs.

I am the chair of the History Graduate Association for 2017-2018.

GSI course: 
130: U.S. Foreign Policy
Research Interests: 

American Foreign Policy
The Cold War
Grand Strategy
International Relations

Graduate Position: 
Graduate Student