Jeffrey Engel has been named one of the TopYoung Historians of 2010 by George Mason University’s History News Network. Engel, an associate professor, holds the Verlin and Howard Kruse ‘52 Founders Professorship at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and is responsible for programming at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the School.
George Mason began profiling young historians who are making their mark on the profession in 2005. Selections are made based on the candidates’ contributions to the discipline in their area of research, and their commitment to scholarship and teaching. Those selected are also noted as being highly regarded outside academia for their expertise, and many are consulted by the popular media.
Engel received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2001. A member of the Bush School faculty since 2004 , he is the author of Cold War at 30,000 Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy (Harvard University Press, 2007), which received the American Historical Association’s 2008 Paul Birdsall Prize, awarded biannually to the outstanding work published in European Military and Strategic History. He is also editor of The China Diary of George H.W. Bush (Princeton University Press, 2008), The Local Impact of the Global Cold War (Stanford University Press, 2008), and The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989 (Oxford University press, 2009). His most recent work includes: Rethinking Leadership and “Whole of Government” National Security Reform, co-edited with Bush School Professor Joseph Cerami and published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, and When the World Seemed New: American Foreign Policy in the Age of George H.W. Bush.
Bush School Executive Associate Dean Samual Kirkpatrick noted that Engel represents the high quality of the School’s faculty.
“Professor Engel’s commitment to his discipline and his ongoing research efforts are reflected in his teaching. Because of his impressive track record and extensive research experience, he helps our students understand the broad sweep of history so essential to being an effective leader in public policy,” Kirkpatrick said. “We join his colleagues in congratulating him on this well-deserved recognition.”