Hannah Gurman received her PhD from Columbia University in May 2008 and currently teaches American Literature at Barnard College. She is working on a book about the connection between official writing and US foreign policy since the end of the Second World War.
She concentrated in 20th-century American literature and U.S.
diplomatic history and her dissertation, "The Dissent Papers: The Voice of
Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond," was awarded distinction and won
Columbia's prestigious Bancroft Prize.
In the dissertation, she
examines the efforts of U.S. State Department officers to affect
American foreign policy through the written word. Gurman was an
instructor last year at Barnard College and a consultant in the
Columbia University Writing Center. She also taught the courses
"University Writing" and "Critical Reading" at Columbia from 2004 to
2007. In addition to holding the Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellowship at
Columbia from 2003 to 2008, she received the Alice Green Fredman award
in 2007 and was a William Golden Fellow from 2006 to 2007. Gurman has
published in Logos and The Minnesota Review and has essays forthcoming in Diplomatic History and
the Journal of Contemporary History.
She brings her training in literature and history, as well as writing
and intensive research, to Gallatin's First-Year Program. She will
teach a first-year seminar on war and peace, as well as writing courses
that cross the disciplines of literature, history and political theory,
including "Utopic/Dystopic America," and "The Politics of Change."