Dr. Richard Garlitz





I grew up in northern Indiana and lived six years in Athens, Ohio before I joined the UTM History and Philosophy Department in August 2008. My main area of specialization is U.S. diplomatic history, but I also offer courses on the history of the Middle East. I also occasionally teach history methods courses (HIST 299 and 499) and have helped lead two international travel study courses. The first (2011) explored ancient and Ottoman history in Greece and Turkey, while the second (2016) focused on the centennial of the Great War in Western Europe. My research examines how American universities contributed to international development, especially in Iran and Turkey, during the 1950s and 1960s. In recent years I have presented papers at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Ohio Valley History Conference. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family, running and swimming, eating good food from all over the world, Vanguard Theatre, and watching sports—especially the Purdue Boilermakers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and UTM athletics.



  • HIST 201, History of the United States to 1877
  • HIST 202, History of the United States since 1877
  • HIST 323, Middle East 500-1800
  • HIST 324, Modern Middle East
  • HIST 463, U.S. Foreign Relations to 1920
  • HIST 464, U.S. Foreign Relations since 1920


A Mission for Development: Utah Universities and the Point Four Program in Iran (Utah State University Press, 2018).

Co-edited with Lisa Jarvinen, Teaching America to the World and the World to America: Education and Foreign Relations since 1870 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).


Book chapters:
“Land-Grant Education in Turkey: Atatürk University and American Technical Assistance, 1954-1968,” in Turkey in the Cold War: Ideology and Culture, edited by Cangül Örnek and Çağdaş Üngör (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

“U.S. University Advisors and Education Modernization in Iran, 1951-1967,” in Teaching America to the World and the World to America: Education and Foreign Relations since 1870 .


Ph.D., Ohio University, 2008
M.A., Ball State University, 2000
B.A., Purdue University, 1998



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