Photo of Professor Penny Von Eschen.

Photo of Professor Penny Von Eschen.

Penny M. Von Eschen is L. Sanford and Jo Mills Reis Professor of Humanities and Professor of History at Cornell University. She is author of Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War, (Harvard, 2004), and Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957 (Cornell, 1997). She is a co-editor of Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History, Columbia University Press, 2007; and of American Studies: An Anthology(Blackwell, 2009).

Recent essays include “Di Eagle and di Bear: Who Gets to Tell the Story of the Cold War? in Ronald Radano and Teju Olaniyan, eds., Audible Empire: Music, Global Politics, Critique, (Duke, 2016); “Memory and the study of US Foreign Relations,” in Frank Costiogliola and Michael Hogan eds., Explaining US Foreign Relations, (Cambridge, 2016); and “Locating the Transnational in the Cold War,” in Richard Immerman and Petra Goode, eds., The Oxford Handbook on the Cold War, 2013. She co-curated “Jam Sessions: American’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World,” a photography exhibition on the jazz ambassador tours, with Meridian International Center, Washington D.C., that opened in April 2008, and toured globally as well as in the United States.

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