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.
- Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War, Harvard University Press, 2004, First Runner-Up for the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, 2005.
- Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957, Cornell University Press, 1997; winner of the 1998 Stuart L. Bernath book prize of Historians of Foreign Relations; and the Myers Outstanding Book Award, of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America.
- Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History, Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen co-editors; includes, Penny M. Von Eschen, “Duke Ellington Plays Baghdad: Rethinking Hard and Soft Power from the Outside In,” Columbia University Press, 2007.
- American Studies: An Anthology, Janice Radway, Kevin Gaines, Barry Shank, and Penny Von Eschen editors, Blackwell Press, January 2009.
- Book manuscript in progress: Cold War Nostalgia: The Wages of Memory in the Post-1989 World, Harvard University Press.