Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
Second Committee Member
Jeane Kirkpatrick, Neoconservatism, Ronald Reagan
Dr. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a leading voice in the neoconservative movement, is best known for her articulation of the Kirkpatrick Doctrine, distinctions between authoritarian and totalitarian regimes that served as the foundation for the Reagan Administration's Latin American policies. Her prominence within the neoconservative movement, her impact on foreign affairs, and her political accomplishments in a masculine environment make her an important historical figure in recent American domestic and diplomatic history. This work explores her transition from liberal democrat to neoconservative by examining her early life and educational background, her publications and critiques of American diplomacy in the 1970s, along with her membership in neoconservative organizations. Moreover, this piece scrutinizes her efficacy as Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations and assesses her impact on American foreign policy throughout her tenure with the Reagan Administration.
Rowlett, Bianca Joy, "Jeane Kirkpatrick and Neoconservatism: The Intellectual Evolution of a Liberal" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 2114.
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