David S. Painter

David Painter
David S. Painter
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor

David S. Painter is Associate Professor of History and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a past Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History, and was the founding Director of the Master of Arts in Global, Comparative, and International History (MAGIC) program. In spring 2008, he was a visiting fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Prior to coming to Georgetown, he held positions at the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. Department of Energy (on contract with Argonne National Laboratory), and the U.S. Department of State. His current research focuses on oil and world power in the twentieth century.

Areas of Expertise: Oil, Cold War; Geopolitics; Political Economy.

  • Ph.D. (1982) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US History
  • B.A. (1973) Oxford University, Modern History and Modern Languages (German)
  • B.A. (1970) King College, History


Oil and the American Century: The Political Economy of U.S. Foreign Oil Policy, 1941-1954. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986. Published in the United Kingdom as Private Power and Public Policy: Multinational Oil Corporations and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1941-1954.  London: I.B. Tauris, 1986.

The Cold War: An International History. London: Routledge, 1999. (Published in Croatian as Hladni Rat: Povijest Medunarodnih Odnosa.  Zagreb: Srednja Europa, 2002.)

Origins of the Cold War: An International History. Second Edition. London: Routledge, 2005.  (Co-editor). First Edition. London: Routledge, 1994.

“From the Nixon Doctrine to the Carter Doctrine: Iran and the Geopolitics of Oil in the 1970s.”In American Energy Policy in the 1970s, 61-92. Edited by Robert Lifset. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.

“Oil and the October War.” In The October 1973 War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy, 173-93. Edited by Asaf Siniver. London: Hurst, 2013; U.S. edition, The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Oil and the American Century.” Journal of American History 99 (June 2012): 24-39.

“Oil and Natural Resources.” Cambridge History of the Cold War, Vol. 1: 486-507. Edited by Melvyn P. Leffler and Odd Arne Westad. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

“The Global Environmental Footprint of the U.S. Military, 1783-2003.” (Co-Author). In War and the Environment: Military Destruction in the Modern Age, 10-31. Edited by Charles E. Closmann. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 2009.

“The Marshall Plan and Oil.” Cold War History 9 (May 2009): 159-75.

“A Partial History of the Cold War.” Cold War History 6 (November 2006): 527-34.

“Markets, Technology, and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Diplomatic History 29 (April 2005): 387-91.

“Oil.” In Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas, 2d ed. Edited by Alexander DeConde, Fredrik Logevall, and Richard Dean Burns.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002.

“The End of the Cold War.” In A Companion to Post-1945 America.  Edited by Jean-Christophe Agnew and Roy Rosenzweig.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2002. (Co-author).

“Cold War.” In Oxford Companion to United States History. Editor in Chief, Paul Boyer.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

“Cold War.”  In The Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations.  Edited by Bruce Jentleson and Thomas G. Paterson.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

“Explaining U.S. Relations with the Third World.” Diplomatic History 19 (Summer 1995): 525-48.

“Oil and World Power.” Diplomatic History 17 (Winter 1993): 159-70.

“International Oil and National Security.” Daedalus 120 (Fall 1991): 183-206. Reprinted in Raymond Vernon and Ethan B. Kapstein, eds. Defense and Dependence in a Global Economy. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1992.

“Oil and the Marshall Plan.” Business History Review 58 (Autumn 1984): 359-83.