John G. Snetsinger

Professor Emeritus


  • U.S. History
  • Modern World History
  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • American Presidency in 20th Century
  • Political History from the 1930s to Present

Contact Information


  • B. A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M. A., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph. D., Stanford University
  • Stanford School of Law

Cal Poly Academic and Administrative Positions

  • Professor (1970-present) and Chair (2007-2008), History Department
  • Director, International Education and Programs (IEP), 1997-2001
  • Director, London Study Program, 1995-2002

Selected Publications

  • Book, Truman, the Jewish Vote and the Creation of Israel.  Hoover Institution Press. Stanford, 1974.
  • Editor, Best, Last Hope of Earth: An American History Reader.  Kendall Hunt, 1995.
  • Review, Allis Radosh and Ronald Radosh, A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel.  Journal of American History.  June, 2010.
  • “Ethnicity and Foreign Policy.”  Essay in Alexander DeConde, Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy.  Second Edition.  3 volumes.  Charles Scribner’s Sons.   New York. 2002.
  • Featured Review essay of Michael J. Cohen, Truman and Israel.  Diplomatic History.  Summer, 1992.
  • Review, Michelle Mart, How America Came to View the Jewish State as an Ally.  Journal of American History.  December, 2006.
  • “Race and Ethnicity.”  Essay in Alexander DeConde, Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. First Edition.  Charles Scribner’s Sons.  New York, 1978.
  • Review, Herbert Druks, The Uncertain Friendship: The U. S. and Israel from Roosevelt to Kennedy, and Stephen T. Rosenthal.
  • Irreconcilable Differences?  The Waning of the American Jewish Love Affair with Israel. Journal of American History. 2002
  • Review of Robert Hunter, The Palestinian Uprising: A War By other Means.  Sunday Book Review Section, San Francisco Chronicle, December 22, 1992.


  • Recipient of Cal Poly’s Distinguished Teacher Award, 1992
  • Fulbright Award.  Scholars Program on Higher Education in Germany.  Germany, 2001

State of California Service

  • Vice  President, Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, 2004-05
  • Member, Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, 2001-05
  • Member, California Commission on Access to Justice, 2006-10


  • HIST 207  Freedom and Equality in American History
  • HIST 408  Age of Roosevelt: Depression and War, 1929-50
  • HIST 410  Recent America Since 1950: Shattering of the American Consensus
  • HIST 411  American Foreign Relations
  • HIST 505  Graduate Seminar on 20th Century U. S. Foreign Relations
  • HIST 505  Graduate Seminar on the American Presidency in 20th Century

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