As a historian, Paul Pitman is interested in a broad range of topics, including the political development of the Atlantic world since the Enlightenment; the interplay between international relations and domestic affairs in advanced industrial societies; and the role of historical thinking in politics and policy-making. He is currently working on two major projects, a book on France’s role in European integration during the 1950s and a study of transatlantic relations during the 1970s and the 1980s.
Since 2010, Paul has served as a historian with the Office of the Historian of the U.S. Department of State. Before joining the Office of the Historian, he taught history, international relations, and strategy at several colleges and universities, including the University of California at Berkeley and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Paul has also worked as a researcher at the Library of Congress, the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) at UC Berkeley, and the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Paul Pitman earned his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 1997.