Stephen Wertheim

Stephen Wertheim

Field: International/Global
Advisor: Matthew Connelly
Year: 2008


Stephen Wertheim is a doctoral candidate in History at Columbia University. He specializes in the history of international society and U.S. foreign relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on concepts of politics and law.

He is currently completing his dissertation, entitled Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy in World War II. It examines how American policy elites first conceived that their nation should attain political and military preeminence across the globe and retain it as long as possible, even though such an objective had previously seemed all but unthinkable and certainly un-American and anti-internationalist.

Stephen has published scholarly articles in Diplomatic HistoryJournal of Global HistoryJournal of Genocide Research, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, in addition to writing for The Nation and other journalistic venues. These writings may be viewed on his website. His article on the intellectual origins of the League of Nations won the 2012 Fischel-Calhoun Prize from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Stephen received an MPhil from Columbia University in 2011 and an AB summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2007. His doctoral studies are supported by a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Doris G. Quinn Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, and John Anson Kittredge Fund Grant. 

Stephen is currently a Mellon Graduate Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics. He is also in his sixth year as rapporteur of the Columbia University Seminar on Twentieth Century Politics and Society and has helped to organize Columbia’s Center for International History.

In his spare time, Stephen thinks up comedy ideas, talks about them, and fails to carry them out.