Thomas A. Breslin

Thomas A. Breslin

Areas of Expertise

U.S. Diplomatic History; History of China’s Foreign Relations; U.S.—China Relations Ethnicity and Religion in Foreign Affairs


B.A., Fordham University, History, 1968
M.A., University of Virginia, History, 1969
Ph.D., University of Virginia, History, 1972


Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 428
Tel: 305-348-2304 |

I expect students to work hard at their studies, attend class faithfully, and ask questions, preferably questions of their own formulation. I work hard to share what I know about the history of foreign relations with them and to make their FIU degree worth more each year.

Having published a path-breaking exploration of the effect of presidential ethnicity on American foreign relations from George Washington to George W. Bush, The Great Anglo-Celtic Divide in the History of American Foreign Relations, (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Praeger, 2011), I am extending my research on that topic as well as pursuing research into the history of claims to the South China Sea, the Chinese frontier during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and America's disobedient diplomats.

Curriculum Vitae

Course Syllabi (Fall 2019)

INR 4232 (86775) - International Relations of China

INR 5609 (86740) - Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations

Office hours for Fall 2019 are as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - SIPA 428

Wednesday: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and also by appointment - SIPA 428

Tel: 305-348-2304