Gregory F. Domber

Lecturer Fields
  • Dr. Domber is a lecturer focused on teaching GE courses at Cal Poly. His research and teaching focus on U.S. history, American foreign policy, and the international history of the Cold War.
Contact Information
  • Office: Bldg. 47, Rm. 25M
  • Telephone: 805-756-2672
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  • Ph.D., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., Lafayette College, Easton, Pa
Courses Taught
  • HIST201 U.S. History to 1865 (D1 and American Institutions GE requirements)
  • HIST202 U.S. History from 1865 (D1 and American Institutions GE requirements)
  • HIST213 Modern Political Economy (D2 GE requirement)
  • HIST326 U.S. Foreign Policy since 1898 (D5 GE requirement)
Publications Manuscript in Development: “Cultivating Moderates: American Exchange Programs, Social Networks, and the Negotiated Revolutions of 1989/1990” Books : Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War. New Cold War History series, ed. Odd Arne Westad. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014. Reviewed in: International Affairs 91, no. 3 (2015): 675-676; Journal of American History 102, no. 3 (2015): 954-955; Journal of Slavic Military Studies 28, no. 3 (2015): 604-605; Polska 1944-45/1989. Studia i Materiały XIII (2015): 279-283; H-Diplo Roundtable Review XVII, no 1 (2015): contributed-files/roundtable-xvii-1_0.pdf; H-Poland Review (May 2016): 9669/reviews/125866; The American Historical Review 120, no. 5 (2015): 1937-1938; Slavic Review 75, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 178-179; Pol-Int Review (June 2016):; Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective (online): review/poland-takes-charge-its-own-revolution; and Sehepunkte 16, no. 5 (2016):; Catholic News Service (online): englishnews/2015/details-on-polands-role-in-cold-war-might-overwhelm-casual-reader.cfm. Associate Editor. From Solidarity to Martial Law: The Polish Crisis of 1980-1981, A Documentary History. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2007. Editor. Ku zwycięstwu „Solidarności”: Korespondencja Ambasady USA z Departamentem Stanu, styczeń-wrzesień 1989 [Solidarity’s Coming Victory: the American Embassy's Correspondence with the Department of State, January to September 1989]. Warsaw: Instytut Studiów Politycznych, 2006. Assistant Editor. The 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2002. Articles and Chapters   “Pivots in Poland’s Policy Toward German Unification,” in Frederic Bozo, Andreas Rodder, and Mary E. Sarotte, eds., German Unification: An International History. Oxford: Routledge, 2016.   “Humanitarian Aid, Soft Power, and American Influences on the End of the Cold War in Poland,” in Artemy Kalinovsky and Craig Daigle, eds., Routledge Handbook on the Cold War. Oxford: Routledge, 2014.   “The National Endowment for Democracy (Narodowy Dar dla Demokracji, NED) i amerykańskie sieci poparci dla „Solidarnosci” w okresie 1984-1989,” in Swiat wobec „Solidarnosci” w okresie 1980-1989. Warsaw: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej, 2014.   “International Pressure for a Negotiated Transition in Poland, 1981-1989,” in Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul, eds., Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.   “‘Tear Down this Wall’: The Fall of Communism and the Emergence of Eastern Europe,” in Robert McMahon and Tom Zeiller, eds, The CQ Press Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History. Sag Harbor, NY: DWJ Books, LLC, 2012.   “Ending the Cold War, Unintentionally,” in Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, N. Piers Ludlow, and Bernd Rother, eds., Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945–1990. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012.   “Skepticism and Stability: Reevaluating U.S. Policy Toward Poland’s Democratic Transformation in 1989,” Journal of Cold War Studies 13, no. 3 (Summer 2011): 52-82.             Reviewed by Mary Sarotte for H-Diplo ( AR330.pdf)    “Transatlantic Relations, Human Rights, and Power Politics,” in Odd Arne Westad and Poul Villaume, eds., Perforating the Iron Curtain: European Détente, Transatlantic Relations, and the Cold War, 1965-1985. Copenhagen: Copenhagen University Press, 2010.    “Rumblings in Eastern Europe: Western Pressure on Poland’s Moves toward Democratic Transformation,” in Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, N. Piers Ludlow, and Leopoldo Nuti, eds., Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal. Oxford: Routledge, 2008.   “The AFL-CIO, the Reagan Administration and Solidarność,” Polish Review 52, no. 3 (2007), 277-304.     Dissertation Title "Supporting The Revolution: America, Democracy, and the end of the Cold War in Poland, 1981-1989."    

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