Eileen Scully

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Eileen Scully is an award-winning scholar of American diplomacy and international history. Her recent work explores historical understandings of human trafficking and international customary law on the coming, going, and staying of destitute, physically disabled migrants.


Scully teaches history, international law, and public action courses. She is the recipient of a Eugene Ascher Distinguished Teaching Prize, awarded annually by the American Historical Association. An SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Peace and Security took her to Harvard Law School and to the Henry Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, and for six years she taught at Princeton University.

Scully's publications explore Sino-American relations, human trafficking, international law, and nineteenth-century international history. Her most recent work includes "The United States and International Law: From the Transcontinental Treaty to the League of Nations Covenant, 1819-1919," in The Cambridge History of America and the World (2022). Her current research projects focus on pre-World War II diplomatic conflicts over the repatriation of indigent foreign nationals. MA in Russian Area Studies and Ph.D. in American History, Georgetown University; language studies, the Pushkin Institute in Moscow and Hong Kong Chinese University.

Scully has taught at Bennington since 2000.