Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 415
371 Varner Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Alexander Noonan

A head shot of Alexander Noonan.

Title: Special Lecturer
Office: 453 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3516
Fax: (248) 370-3528
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D. in History, Boston College, 2019
MA in History, Boston University, 2004
BA in History and International Relations, Boston University, 2004

Major Fields:
Early American History, Modern American History, American Foreign Relations, International History

My research and teaching interests focus on the cultural dimensions of American foreign policy, from the Civil War to the present. My dissertation, “Global Anarchist Assassinations and American National Security, 1881 – 1907,” examines the relationships between emotion, American foreign relations, and security in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It offers new insights into how contemporaries understood the threat of anarchist terrorism and why they responded to it in the ways that they did. By exploring assassinations and public debates over issues such as domestic policing, extradition, and immigration restriction, this project explores the contradictions, paradoxes, and nuances of political and social liberalism in the United States in light of the security challenge posed by anarchist violence. I have presented my work at a number of conferences, including the annual meetings of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the British International History Group.


The Dilemma of Extradition, Then and Now,” Political Violence @ a Glance, 10 August 2018.

“ ‘What Must Be the Answer of the United States to Such a Proposition?’ Anarchist Exclusion and National Security in the United States, 1887-1903.” Journal of American Studies 50, no. 2 (May 2016): 347-376.

“ ‘A new expression of that entente cordiale?’ Russian-American Relations and the Fleet Episode of 1863.” In The Civil War as Global Conflict: Transnational Meanings of the American Civil War, edited by Simon Lewis and David Gleason, 183-231. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2014.