Elizabeth Spalding

Position: Visiting Fellow

Elizabeth Edwards Spalding is a Visiting Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C. She is a Senior Fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s (VOC) Board of Trustees. Additionally, she is a core faculty member in VOC’s National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators.

Spalding is the author of The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism, the co-author of A Brief History of the Cold War, and currently at work on a history of world communism. Her scholarly and popular articles and reviews have been published widely, including in Journal of Church and StateOrbisWilson QuarterlyProvidenceThe American MindLaw & LibertyH-Diplo, and Claremont Review of Books.

She has taught on subjects ranging from U.S. foreign policy, national security, and international relations to presidential leadership, religion, and politics at Pepperdine University, Claremont McKenna College, George Mason University, and Catholic University of America. As the longtime Director of Claremont McKenna College’s Washington, D.C. program, she also mentored over a generation of undergraduates from the Claremont Colleges in student internships, postgraduate careers, and work-life balance. Spalding holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in international politics and political theory from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in politics from Hillsdale College.