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Larry Berman


Upon completing his doctorate at Princeton University in 1977, Professor Larry Berman joined the faculty at UC Davis, where he remained through a distinguished scholarly and teaching career. He developed an international reputation as an expert on American politics, foreign policy, the American presidency, and the war in Vietnam. He served as founding director of the University of California Washington Center, and director of the Davis Washington program. He also served as chair of the UC Davis Department of Political Science for eight years. He was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council for Learned Societies. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Center in Bellagio, Italy. He was the first political scientist to receive the Bernath Lecture Prize, presented annually by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations to a scholar whose work has most contributed to our understanding of foreign relations.

Selected Publications

  • Berman, L., & Murphy, B. (2009) Approaching Democracy, 6th edition. Prentice-Hall, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006.
  • Berman, L. (2007) Perfect Spy: The Extraordinary Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time magazine Reporter & Communist Agent. Smithsonian Press-Harper Collins. Paperback, 2008.
  • Berman, L. (Ed.) (2005) The Art of Political Leadership: Essays in Honor of Fred I. Greenstein, Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Berman, L. (2001) No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger and Betrayal in Vietnam. The Free Press, 2001. Paperback by Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster, 2002; Special Citation from 2001 Richard E. Neustadt Award book award committee for contribution to research and scholarship in the field of the American Presidency.
  • Berman, L., Levite, A., & Jentleson, B. (1992) Foreign Military Intervention: The Dynamics of Protracted Conflict, Columbia University Press.
  • Berman, L. (Ed. ) (1990) Looking Back on the Reagan Presidency, The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Berman, L. (1989) Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam. W. W. Norton, 1989.
  • Berman, L., Greenstein, & Burke, J. (1989) How Presidents Test Reality: Decisions on Vietnam, 1954 and 1965, Russell Sage, Winner of the 1990 Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book published in 1989 that contributed most to research and scholarship in the field of the American Presidency.