Kirk Tyvela

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Kirk Tyvela

Associate Professor

Rm 218
(262) 335-5242

Quote for students

“The secret of life is then that this youthful spirit should never be lost. Out of the turbulence of youth should come this fine precipitate—a sane, strong, aggressive spirit of daring and doing. It must be a flexible, growing spirit, with a hospitality to new ideas, and a keen insight into new experience. To keep one’s reactions warm and true is to have found perpetual youth, and perpetual youth is salvation.” [Randolph Bourne, “Youth,” 1912]

Academic Specialization

US Diplomatic History
US-Latin American Relations
Cold War


'"A Slight but Salutary Case of the Jitters:' The Kennedy Administration and the Alliance for Progress in Paraguay," Diplomacy & Statecraft vol. 22, no. 2 (June 2011): 300-320

"Cold War Crucible: The Berlin Wall and American Exceptionalism," in Kimberly R. Moffitt and Duncan A. Campbell, eds., The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade (Lexington Books, 2011), pp. 381-397

"National Bipartisan Commission on Central America (Kissinger Commission)" in Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History. Spencer C. Tucker, ed. (ABC-Clio, 2007)

"Alliance for Progress," "Fair Deal," "Organization of American States," "Rio Pact," "South America, Relations With" in Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History. James Ciment, ed. (M.E. Sharpe, 2006)

"Alfredo Stroessner" and "Paraguay" in Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. Thomas Adam, ed. (ABC-Clio, 2005)

Review of Tanya Harmer, Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) in The History Teacher (November 2012)

Review of Betty Glad, An Outsider in the White House: Jimmy Carter, His Advisors, and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Cornell University Press, 2009) in Political Studies Review (September 2011)

Review of Jon Hunner, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009) in The History Teacher (February 2010)

Review of Herfried Munkler, Empires: The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States (Polity Press, 2007) in Political Studies Review (May 2009)

Review of Ronn Pineo, Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers (University of Georgia Press, 2007) in The History Teacher (August 2008)

Review of Christopher Layne, The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present (Cornell University Press, 2006) in Political Studies Review (May 2008)

"'A Slight but Salutary Case of the Jitters': Bureaucratic Politics and the Alliance for Progress in Paraguay," Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Conference, Madison, WI (June 2010)

"The Paraguayan Connection: Drug Trafficking and Human Rights during the Nixon Administration," Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Conference, Falls Church, VA (June 2009)


B.A., Saginaw Valley State University
M.A., Ohio University
Ph.D., Ohio University 

Prof. Affiliations

Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Society for History Education
The Historical Society