Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 10th Floor
70 Washington Square South
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
(West 4th btwn LaGuardia and Greene Streets)
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212.998.2630


New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War is a community of scholars, students, activists, and concerned citizens working on projects relating to the Cold War. We are exploring the geopolitical and ideological conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union in ways that connect international relations, including the struggle for decolonialization, to politics, economics, culture, and society. Based in the Tamiment Library, one of the United States’ most important special collection documenting the history of radical politics and labor in the United States, the Center’s mission is to reassess the standard Cold War narrative by situating it within the wider context of the struggle for social and political change whose origins go back well before World War II. All aspects of the Cold War are part of our project.

The Center for the United States and the Cold War awards travel grants, dissertation, and post-doctoral fellowships for projects using the Tamiment Library’s collections. It sponsors a seminar for scholarly work in progress, and organizes occasional conferences, lectures, book talks, and film screenings. It is currently working with Cengage Learning/Primary Source Media to publish the papers of Alger Hiss.

Please click on the names below to access biographies.

Director Biographies:

Timothy V. Johnson
Co-director of the Center for United States and the Cold War and the Director of the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

David Levering Lewis
Co-director of the Center for the United States and Professor Emeritus of History at NYU