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.


A scholar of American and international history, Scully is the author of Bargaining with the State from Afar: American Citizenship in Treaty Port China (Columbia University Press, 2001). She has published articles and reviews in The Journal of American History, The Journal of Modern History, The American Historical Review, and Diplomatic History. 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. Her recent work combines international law and American foreign policy, with an essay commissioned for The Cambridge History of Law in America (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Scully is the recipient of the 2005 Eugene Ascher Distinguished Teaching Prize, awarded annually by the American Historical Association. MA in Russian Area Studies and PhD in American History, Georgetown University; language studies, the Pushkin Institute in Moscow and Hong Kong Chinese University. In 2014, she completed an MS in Conflict Mediation through Champlain College, focusing on local and regional conflicts over land use and historic preservation. Scully has taught at Bennington since 2000.