Bruce R. Kuniholm

Bruce R. Kuniholm

University Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy

External address: 
117 Sanford Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708-0239
(919) 613-7341


Bruce Kuniholm, professor of public policy and history, is a prize-winning scholar and teacher who served as the inaugural Dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy from 2009 to 2013. Kuniholm previously was director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy twice—from 1989 to 1994, and from 2005 to 2009, during which time his leadership of fundraising efforts led to the creation of the Sanford School on July 1, 2009.

He also served as Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs (1996-2001) and Director of the Center for International Studies. During his tenure, Duke undertook a broad range of initiatives to support the internationalization of the university.

Previously, Kuniholm was a teacher and basketball coach at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, served as a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam, and served in the U.S. Department of State— first in the Bureau of Intelligence, and then as a member of the Policy Planning Staff.

Kuniholm’s research has focused on diplomatic history and U.S. foreign policy in the Near and Middle East. He has lectured in 24 countries and is the recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, National Endowment for the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Norwegian Nobel Institute. He has published more than 100 books, articles, chapters, and book reviews. He has served on approximately 50 faculty and national committees.

He holds the following degrees: PhD (History) Duke; MA (Public Policy), Duke; M.A (History) Duke; AB (English) Dartmouth College.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1976

Selected Grants

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2000

(98-0299) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 1999

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 1999

(97-0362) Fulbright-Hays: Graduate Student Fellowships awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

(97-0371) Fulbright-Hays: Faculty Fellowships awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

(90-0272) Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Program, Public Service Education Fellowships awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1989 to 1990

Kuniholm, B. "Die Nahostkriege, der Palastinakonflikt und er Kalte Krieg." In Heisse Kriege im Kalten Krieg,edited by B Greiner, CT Muller, and D Walter. 2006.

Kuniholm, B. "Thinking about the Future: Turkey, the United States and the World." In Turkish-American Relations: Past, Present and Future,edited by M Aydin and C Erhan,213-229. Routledge, 2004.

Kuniholm, B. "9/11, the ’Great Game’ and the ’Vision Thing’: The Need for (and elements of) a More Comprehensive Bush Doctrine." In History and September 11,edited by J Meyerowitz,191-210. Temple University Press, 2003.

Kuniholm, B. "The Evolving Strategic and Political Significance of Turkey’s Relationship with NATO." In A History of NATO: The First Fifty Years, Vol. 3,edited by G Schmidt,339-357 and 445-446-339-357 and 445-446. Palgrave: New York, 2001.

Kuniholm, B. "The Geopolitics of the Region." In The Caspian Sea: The Quest for Environmental Security,edited by W Ascher and N Mirovitskaya,91-116. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2000.

Kuniholm, B. "Turkey’s Jupiter Missiles and the U.S.-Turkish Relationship." In Kennedy and Europe,edited by D Brinkly and R Griffith,116-128. Louisiana State University Press; Baton Rouge, 1999.

Kuniholm, B. "Turkey and the West: From World War II to Today." In Turkey Between East and West: New Challenges for a Rising Regional Power,edited by V Mastney and RC Nation,45-69. Westview Press: Boulder Colorado, 1996.

Kuniholm, B. "Turkey and the East: The International Relations of Turkey after the Cold War (Die neue rolle der Turkei zwichen Europa und Asien)." In Europe Turkiye 1/94,edited by E Uzun and M Suner,104-131. Babel-Verlag: Berlin, 1994.

Kuniholm, B. "The Origins of the Cold War in the Near East." In Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917-1991: A Retrospective,edited by G Gorodetsky,135-145. Frank Cass: London, 1994.


Kuniholm, BR. "America's oil wars." INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW 28, no. 3 (September 2006): 674-676. (Review)

Yetiv, SA. "Crude Awakenings: Global Oil Security and American Foreign Policy." International History Review (2006). (Review)

Hahn, PL. "Crisis and Crossfire." Journal of Cold War Studies (2006). (Review)

Fouskas, V. "Zones of Conflict: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Balkans and the Greater Middle East." Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans 7 (March 2005): 126-128. (Review)

Lykogiannis, A. "Britain and the Greek Economic Crisis 1944-1947: from Liberation to the Truman Doctrine." American Historical Review 109 (December 2004): 1633-1634. (Review)

Kuniholm, BR. "El Dorado canyon: Reagan's undeclared war with Qaddafi." INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW 25, no. 4 (December 2003): 966-970. (Review)

Kuniholm, BR. "Failing the crystal ball test: The Carter administration and the fundamentalist revolution in Iran." INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW 25, no. 4 (December 2003): 966-970.

Nicolet, C. "United States Policy Towards Cyprus, 1954-1974: Removing the Greek-Turkish Bone of Contention." Journal of American History (June 2003): 294-295. (Review)

Stivachtis, IA. "Co-Operative Security and Non-Offensive Defense in the Zone of War: The Greek-Turkish and Arab-Israeli Cases." Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans 5 (2003): 106-107. (Review)

Kuniholm, B. "Turkey and the World in 25 years: Thinking about the Future." South Atlantic Quarterly 102, no. 2 and 3 (2003): 477-492. (Academic Article)


Kuniholm, B. "Kuniholm: America in the Great Game." Duke Dialogue (2002).

Kuniholm, B. "Bush’s Strategic Vision for Better Security." Raleigh News and Observer (2002).

Kuniholm, B. "Turkey’s stake in U.S. troop request." Durham Herald-Sun (2002).

Kuniholm, B. "The Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations." Edited by BW Jentleson and TG Patterson. (1997).

Kuniholm, B. "Security and Identity: US-Turkish Relations Since World War II." (Nobel Institute Paper) (November 1994): 50 pp.-50 pp.

Kuniholm, B. "Turkey." (1993): 543-545.

Kuniholm, B. "U.S. Relations with the Middle East: 1960s to the Present." Edited by H Jones. (1992): 304-371.

Kuniholm, B. "Containing the Soviets at the Northern Tier." Edited by TG Paterson and RJ McMahon. (1991): 189-197.


Fall 2017

U S For Pol II:viet-Pres (HISTORY 376)
Sanford 07, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2017

United States Foreign Policy (HISTORY 375)
Sanford 07, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2016

U S For Pol II:viet-Pres (HISTORY 376)
Gross Hall 104, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM