Salar Mohandesi

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History

Teaching this semester

HIST 2019. The Transatlantic Sixties and Seventies

From Berkeley to Berlin, social movements in the 1960s and 1970s pushed democracy in new directions, overturned social roles, and redefined the meaning of politics. Investigates that wave of transatlantic social, political, and cultural contestation, exploring such themes as youth protest, anti-racism, anti-imperialism, feminism, and the counterculture. Taking a transnational approach, considers not only how these decades unfolded in different countries, but also unearths the many flows¬ ¬of ideas, objects, and people that wove diverse movements together. Focuses on developments in North America and Europe and situates them in a fully global context. This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe, United States, and Atlantic Worlds.

HIST 2506. The Vietnam Wars

Seminar. The Vietnam War is among the most important events in postwar world history. Yet despite the enormous attention paid to the war in American popular culture, the history of the Vietnam War, which was in fact one of three interconnected wars, remains poorly understood. Explores the history of the Vietnam Wars by situating them in their broader historical context. Begins with French colonialism in the late nineteenth century and ends with the Third Indochina War in the very late 1970s. Along the way, investigates such themes as decolonization, nationalism, internationalism, the Cold War, nation building, counterinsurgency, antiwar activism, and human rights. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe/US and Colonial Worlds.

A historian of Modern Europe from a global and transnational perspective. His research interests include imperialism and anti-imperialism, the global 1960s and 1970s, twentieth-century social movements, the history of the left, and social and political theory. His current book project, tentatively titled From Anti-Imperialism to Human Rights, traces the history of transnational anti-Vietnam War activism in France and the United States to explain how and why human rights displaced anti-imperialism as the dominant form of internationalism in the 1970s. His research has appeared in Les Temps modernes, he has a forthcoming article in French Historical Studies, and he also writes for more popular venues. He is the founding editor of Viewpoint Magazine.


  • B.A., William and Mary
  • M.A., Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania