Margaret  Peacock

Margaret Peacock

Associate Professor of History
Global Fellow, Director of Cold War Archival Research Program-History and Public Policy-Global Research Team, Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.


  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • MSIS, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
  • BA, Loyola University – New Orleans, 1994

Research Areas

  • Russian History
  • Cold War History
  • Middle Eastern History
  • History of Media and Propaganda


Research Interests

  • Russian and Soviet History
  • Middle Eastern History
  • Propaganda and Media Studies
  • The History of Childhood
  • The History of Soviet Science

Courses Taught

  • Imperial Russian History
  • Soviet History
  • Survey of Modern Western Civilizations, 1648-present
  • The Cold War
  • Twentieth Century European History
  • The History of Soviet/East European Film
  • The History of History
  • Senior Capstone Writing Seminar
  • Russian Intellectual History
  • The Global Cold War (graduate)
  • Soviet History (graduate)

Awards and Honors

  • Kenan Fellow, Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. (2017)
  • Moshe Dayan Research Fellow, Tel Aviv University (2017)
  • American Research Council in Egypt Fellow (2017)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Fellow (2015-2018)
  • Research Grants Committee, University of Alabama (2015)
  • National Science Foundation Summer Travel Grant (2012)
  • Research Grants Committee, University of Alabama (2011)
  • Capstone International, University of Alabama (2010)
  • Continuing Education Grant, University of Texas (2007)
  • Gardner F. Marston Endowed History Fellow, University of Texas (2006)
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholar (2005)
  • Michael J. Hogan Fellow, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (2004)
  • Alice Jane Drysdal Sheffield Fellow in European History, University of Texas (2003)
  • Dora Bonham Dissertation Grant, University of Texas (2002)
  • Foreign Language Area Scholar, U.S. Department of State (2000-2003)

Selected Publications


Digital Humanities Research

Journal Articles and Essays

  • “Vigilante Philanthropy: CARE International and the Suez Crisis, 1956” in preparation.
  • “Samantha Smith in the Land of the Bolsheviks: Kinship and Propaganda in the Late Cold War,” Diplomatic History (Winter 2018).
  • “U.S.-Soviet Relations from the Russian Revolution to 1989,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia, ed. Jon Butler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Mendel Lives: The Survival of Mendelian Genetics in the Lysenkoist Classroom, 1937-1964,” Science and Education v24. no. 1-2 (Jan 2015): 101-14.
  • “Cold War Consumption and the Marketing of Childhood in the Soviet Union and the United States, 1950-1060,” Journal of Historical Research in Marketing (Fall, 2015).
  • “The Perils of Building Cold War Consensus at the 1957 Moscow Festival of Youth and Students,” Cold War History 12 (August 2012): 515-35.
  • “Broadcasting Benevolence: Images of the Child in Soviet, American, and NLF Propaganda to Vietnam, 1965-1973,” The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 3 (Winter 2010): 15-38.
  • “Duck and Cover: Children’s Cold War Experiences in 1950s America,” in Perspectives in American Social History: The Cold War and McCarthy Eras, ed. Caroline Emmons (New York: ABC-Clio, 2009).
  • “Nauchnaia rabota: sem’ia i programma Fulbraita,” [“The Science of Work: Family and the Fulbright Program”], Poslednie Obnovleniia [Final Thoughts], Fall, 2005.

Invited Lectures/Presentations/Documentaries

  • Keynote Speaker: “The Dangers of Doing Bad Cold War History,” Wilson Center Cold War Archival Research Conference, Corvinus University, Budapest, May 2023.
  • Invited Lecturer: “Lessons from the Propaganda Underground: How Cold War Optics can Help us Read our World,” invited speaker at the Harriman Center, Columbia University, October, 2019.
  • Podcast Interview on Innocent Weapons with the New Books Network Podcast, January, 2019.
  • Podcast Interview with Dr. Sean Guillory on Propaganda and the Cold War, University of Pittsburgh, November, 2018.
  • Invited Lecturer: “Selling Socialism in Suez: Soviet Radio Broadcasting to the MENA during the Suez Crisis,” invited lecturer at the “Socialist World, Third World, Media World,’ workshop, University College London, November, 2018.
  • Invited Lecturer: “Samantha Smith in the Land of the Bolsheviks,” guest lecturer at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, November, 2017.
  • Invited Speaker: “The Politics of Kinship in the Late Cold War,” invited participant at the Research Group on Kinship and Politics at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld, Germany, May, 2017.
  • Presentation: “Radio and Governmentality in the Middle East,” presenter at Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Texas-San Antonio, November, 2018.
  • Invited Lecturer: “Propaganda and the Cold War,” visiting graduate seminar at The University of Texas-Austin (October, 2015) and Mississippi State University (November, 2015).
  • Book Presentations: on Innocent Weapons at Loyola University-New Orleans, The University of Alabama, The University of Texas-Austin, Mississippi State University.
  • Invited Lecturer: 8-week course on Soviet history for the Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spring, 2015.
  • Presentation: “Ukraine in Crisis,” forum on the 2014 crisis in Ukraine, The University of Alabama, March, 2014.
  • Invited Speaker: “Cold War Kids,” The Carolina Seminar, The University of North Carolina, November, 2012.
  • Organizer: The First Russian Children’s History Colloquium, Paris, France, May, 2012.
  • Documentary: Interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Company for a documentary entitled, “Love, Hate, and Propaganda: The Cold War,” Toronto, CA, February, 2011. Airing date: November 17, 2011.
  • Lecture: “Deliverer, Demigod, or Dictator: Global Perspectives on Vladimir Putin and Post-Soviet Russia,” invited by the Oschner Lifetime Learning Institute, Tuscaloosa, AL, July, 2010.
  • Presentation: Presentation on the History of the Berlin Wall, Ferguson Theatre, The University of Alabama, November, 2009.
  • Presentation: Constructed Visual Exhibit on the Collapse of the Soviet Union, Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama, November, 2009.

Language Education

  • Al-dibloom Almutawasiṭ Al-earabia – الدبلوم المتوسط العربية
    • Diploma in Intermediate Arabic Language, 2016
    • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Diplom Nauk Russkogo Iazyka – Диплом наук русского языка
    • Diploma in Advanced Russian Language, 1992
    • Pushkin Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia