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  • Eric Pullin
    Eric Pullin

Eric Pullin

Director, Honors Program; Chair, History Department; Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

Lentz Hall 320A

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Courses
  • Research
  • Grants and Awards
  • Publications

Professor Eric Pullin earned a B.A. in history from Rockford College, an M.A. in history from Northern Illinois University, an A.M. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof. Pullin’s primary teaching and research interests address the international relations between India and the United States during the 20th century. He also teaches courses on the History of India, the History of the United States, Western Heritage, Global Heritage, and the History of Dictionaries.

Prof. Pullin joined the Carthage faculty in 2008.

Prof. Eric Pullin talks with students at the Utah Beach Museum during a World War II J-Term study tour.

  • Ph.D. — History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • A.M. — Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. — History, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. — History, Rockford College

History courses

  • HIS 1000  Issues in American History
  • HIS 200E Topics: History of India
  • HIS 2100 World War II
  • HIS 2200 Historical Methods: Cold War
  • HIS 2890 Nineteenth-Century America
  • HIS 3000 American Founding
  • HIS 3150 U.S. Diplomatic History since 1898
  • HIS 4000 Senior Seminar

Asian Studies Course

  • HIS 200E Topics: History of India

Western Heritage Course

  • COR 1110 The Intellectual History of Western Heritage II

Eric Pullin’s primary area of research focuses upon international relations during World War II and the Cold War. More specifically, he is concerned with U.S.-Soviet-India foreign relations. In addition, he investigates transnational cultural conflict (for example, state-sponsored propaganda and the Congress for Cultural Freedom) and the activities of intelligence organizations. He has recently finished a book manuscript, Noise and Flutter: Ideological Conflict between India, the United States, and the Soviet Union, 1942-1970, which is currently under review.

2011-2017
Jack Miller Center Grants: $2,000 or $3,000 annually for Constitution Day Speakers

2016
PNC Bank Community Foundation Grant: $10,000 to continue to continue Humanities Citizenship Initiative for high school students (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt)

2016
Carthage College, Faculty and Research Grant for Sabbatical Travel to United Kingdom and Israel, $2,000

2015
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $75,000 to continue Humanities Citizenship Initiative for high school students (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt)

2015
Charles G. Koch Grant: $7,500 for visiting scholars in HIS 3000 American Founding course

2015
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $25,000 to establish a summer program in Western Heritage for high school students (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt)

2013
Council of Independent Colleges Grant: $12,000 to host Fellows Fumiko and Richard Halloran, as visiting scholars on the politics and culture of Japan, October 2013 (in cooperation with Dr. Art Cyr)

2012
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $40,000 to continue program in Western Heritage for post-doctoral fellows (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt and Dr. Joseph McAlhany)

2011
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $50,000 to establish a program in Western Heritage for post-doctoral fellows (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt and Dr. Joseph McAlhany)

  • “Quest: Twenty Years of Cultural Politics” in The Ideological Cold War: The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, edited by Giles Scott-Smith and Charlotte Lerg, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
  • “Secrecy, State-Private Networks, and Operational Effectiveness in Cold War Europe,” Contemporary European History (Volume 25, Special Issue 3, August 2016)
  • “The Bandung Conference: Ideological Conflict and the Limitations of US Propaganda,” in Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War: Between or Within the Blocs?, edited by Sandra Bott, Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, and Marco Wyss, (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • “The Culture of Funding Culture: CIA and the Congress for Cultural Freedom” in Intelligence History Now and Then, edited by Christopher Moran and Christopher J. Murphy, (Edinburgh/Columbia University Press, 2013)
  • “Money Does Not Make Any Difference to the Opinions That We Hold: India, the CIA, and the Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1951-1958, Intelligence and National Security (Volume 26, Numbers 2-3, April-May 2011)
  • “Noise and Flutter: U.S. Propaganda in India during World War II,” Diplomatic History (Volume 34, Number 2, April 2010)
  • Eric Pullin
    Eric Pullin

Eric Pullin

Professor Eric Pullin earned a B.A. in history from Rockford College, an M.A. in history from Northern Illinois University, an A.M. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof. Pullin’s primary teaching and research interests address the international relations between India and the United States during the 20th century. He also teaches courses on the History of India, the History of the United States, Western Heritage, Global Heritage, and the History of Dictionaries.

Prof. Pullin joined the Carthage faculty in 2008.

Prof. Eric Pullin talks with students at the Utah Beach Museum during a World War II J-Term study tour.

Brief Bio

Professor Eric Pullin earned a B.A. in history from Rockford College, an M.A. in history from Northern Illinois University, an A.M. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses in issues in American history, history of India, and global heritage.

Title

Director, Honors Program; Chair, History Department; Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

Email Address

epullin@carthage.edu

Phone Number

262-551-6323

Office Location

Lentz Hall 320A

Education

  • Ph.D. — History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • A.M. — Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. — History, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. — History, Rockford College

Courses

History courses

  • HIS 1000  Issues in American History
  • HIS 200E Topics: History of India
  • HIS 2100 World War II
  • HIS 2200 Historical Methods: Cold War
  • HIS 2890 Nineteenth-Century America
  • HIS 3000 American Founding
  • HIS 3150 U.S. Diplomatic History since 1898
  • HIS 4000 Senior Seminar

Asian Studies Course

  • HIS 200E Topics: History of India

Western Heritage Course

  • COR 1110 The Intellectual History of Western Heritage II

Research Interests

Eric Pullin’s primary area of research focuses upon international relations during World War II and the Cold War. More specifically, he is concerned with U.S.-Soviet-India foreign relations. In addition, he investigates transnational cultural conflict (for example, state-sponsored propaganda and the Congress for Cultural Freedom) and the activities of intelligence organizations. He has recently finished a book manuscript, Noise and Flutter: Ideological Conflict between India, the United States, and the Soviet Union, 1942-1970, which is currently under review.

Grants and Awards

2011-2017
Jack Miller Center Grants: $2,000 or $3,000 annually for Constitution Day Speakers

2016
PNC Bank Community Foundation Grant: $10,000 to continue to continue Humanities Citizenship Initiative for high school students (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt)

2016
Carthage College, Faculty and Research Grant for Sabbatical Travel to United Kingdom and Israel, $2,000

2015
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $75,000 to continue Humanities Citizenship Initiative for high school students (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt)

2015
Charles G. Koch Grant: $7,500 for visiting scholars in HIS 3000 American Founding course

2015
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $25,000 to establish a summer program in Western Heritage for high school students (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt)

2013
Council of Independent Colleges Grant: $12,000 to host Fellows Fumiko and Richard Halloran, as visiting scholars on the politics and culture of Japan, October 2013 (in cooperation with Dr. Art Cyr)

2012
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $40,000 to continue program in Western Heritage for post-doctoral fellows (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt and Dr. Joseph McAlhany)

2011
Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation Grant: $50,000 to establish a program in Western Heritage for post-doctoral fellows (in cooperation with Dr. Ben DeSmidt and Dr. Joseph McAlhany)

Publications

  • “Quest: Twenty Years of Cultural Politics” in The Ideological Cold War: The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, edited by Giles Scott-Smith and Charlotte Lerg, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
  • “Secrecy, State-Private Networks, and Operational Effectiveness in Cold War Europe,” Contemporary European History (Volume 25, Special Issue 3, August 2016)
  • “The Bandung Conference: Ideological Conflict and the Limitations of US Propaganda,” in Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War: Between or Within the Blocs?, edited by Sandra Bott, Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, and Marco Wyss, (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • “The Culture of Funding Culture: CIA and the Congress for Cultural Freedom” in Intelligence History Now and Then, edited by Christopher Moran and Christopher J. Murphy, (Edinburgh/Columbia University Press, 2013)
  • “Money Does Not Make Any Difference to the Opinions That We Hold: India, the CIA, and the Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1951-1958, Intelligence and National Security (Volume 26, Numbers 2-3, April-May 2011)
  • “Noise and Flutter: U.S. Propaganda in India during World War II,” Diplomatic History (Volume 34, Number 2, April 2010)

What students say

“Because of his years in the classroom, Eric Pullin knows what works and what doesn’t. He knows how to lighten the mood and load and make class exciting and fun, even if it’s a dry topic.” — Caris Alan ’13

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