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Director for the Center

Dr. Dennis J. Dunn

Dr. Dennis J. Dunn

Dr. Dennis J. Dunn is the Director of the Center for International Studies and Professor of History at Texas State University—San Marcos. Having organized the Center for International Studies in 1984, he has developed its excellent reputation for educating both undergraduate and graduate students for leadership roles in international fields.

Dr. Dunn is the author of five books which include The Catholic Church and the Soviet Government, 1939-49 (New York, 1977), Papal-Communist Détente, 1968-78 (Boulder, 1979), Caught Between Roosevelt and Stalin: America’s Ambassadors in Moscow (Lexington, 1998), The Essential Steps to a Rich Retirement: A Guidebook for Persons of All Ages (Philadelphia, 2000), and the forthcoming The Catholic Church and Russia: Popes, Patriarchs, Tsars and Commissars (London). His edited works include Religion and Modernization in the Soviet Union (Boulder, 1978), Religion in Communist Society (Berkeley, 1983), and Religion and Nationalism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (Boulder, 1987). He is also the author of articles in Problems of Communism, Journal of Church and State, Survey, Wilson Quarterly, Journal of International Affairs, Catholic Historical Review, and the author of many articles that have appeared in books focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Dunn is also the winner of various fellowships and grants, including two DOE grants to improve undergraduate international education and foreign languages at Texas State University. He has been a Ford Foundation Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Kennan Institute for the Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, DC, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Pacific Cultural Foundation in Taipei. Awards include the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Research in 1985 and the Dean’s Golden Apple Award in 1998. The American Academy of Diplomacy nominated his book, Caught Between Roosevelt and Stalin: America’s Ambassadors in Moscow, as the best book on diplomacy in 1998 and he appeared on C-SPAN television to discuss this book.

Dr. Dunn received his BA and MA from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his PhD from Kent State University. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he resides in San Marcos, Texas with his wife, Dr. Margaret Dunn, who ran the Center for Initiatives in Education at Texas State University for 22 years before she retired in 2000. He has two daughters and three grandchildren.