Christopher Endy
Department of History

Office: King Hall C4076A
Phone: 323-343-2046
Email: cendy (at) 
Office Hours: Spring 2016 -- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:40 to 6:00, or by appointment.

Spring 2016 Classes
Title Units Day & Time Room Syllabus
HIST 478
U.S. International Relations
4.0 Thursdays 6:10 to 10:00 King Hall B2008
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HIST 575 - Graduate Readings: US in the World 4.0 Tuesdays 6:10 to 10:00 King Hall C4065 click here
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Research and Teaching Interests
     My teaching and research focus on twentieth-century U.S. history, with an emphasis on international relations and transnational exchanges.   I am particularly interested in exploring a broad spectrum of interactions between the United States and the rest of the world.  Both my research and teaching thus emphasize cultural and economic exchanges as well as more traditional diplomatic history. In the Department of History at Cal State L.A., my regular classes include courses on twentieth-century international relations and the history of U.S. popular culture (including U.S. pop culture abroad).  I also frequently teach a seminar on historiography.
    My current research focuses on notions of corporate responsibility and the ethics of economic globalization from the late nineteenth century through the  1970s.  I am particularly interested in how Americans (from missionaries and activists to policymakers and corporate leaders) participated in global debates about the meaning of "good" behavior in cross-cultural business exchanges.   The project aims to explain the evolution of norms and ethics that find their expression today in debates over free trade, sweatshops, multinational corporate social responsibility, and anti-corruption measures. 
     Other projects in progress include a historiographic survey on the place of consumer society in U.S. international history and an article-length study on the creation and commemorative uses of the U.S. military cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.
    These topics all extend themes that I explored in my first book, Cold War Holidays: American Tourism in France, which appeared in 2004 and won the Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.  The book shows the importance of leisure and consumer society in U.S.-French relations from 1944 through the early 1970s and weaves together diverse points of view from both nations, including diplomats, Parisian hotel workers, and American tourists.  For more information on the book, visit the publisher's webpage.

Short List of Publications

“Power and Culture in the West,” Oxford Handbook of the Cold War, eds. Petra Goedde and Richard Immerman (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 323-340.

Cold War Holidays: American Tourism in France (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).

"Rudeness and Modernity: The Reception of American Tourists in Early Fifth-Republic France," French Politics, Culture, and Society 21 (Spring 2003): 55-86.

"Travel and World Power: Americans in Europe, 1890-1917," Diplomatic History 22 (Fall 1998): 565-94.

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Ph.D. History 2000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
M.A. History 1996 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
B.A. History & Political Science 1994 Duke University, Durham, N.C.