John Sbardellati

Campus: Waterloo
Office: HH 111
Email: jsbardel@uwaterloo.ca

My interests include twentieth century U.S. political, cultural, and diplomatic history. I am especially interested in the connections between American domestic politics and foreign relations during the early Cold War period. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2006. My dissertation—”Cold War, Culture War: The FBI and the Battle over Film Propaganda”—examines political and cultural struggles in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s. In particular I am interested in the way in which FBI surveillance transformed these struggles into matters of national security. I am currently working on a book-length project derived from my dissertation.

Representative Publications:

  • “The ‘Maltz Affair’ Revisited: How the American Communist Party Relinquished its Cultural Influence at the Dawn of the Cold War,” Cold War History Vol. 9, No. 4 (2009): pages 489-500.
  • “Brassbound G-Men and Celluloid Reds: The FBI’s Search for Communist Propaganda in Wartime Hollywood,” Film History Vol. 20, No. 4 (2008): pages 412-436.
  • “The Emergence of McCarthyism,” in History in Dispute, Volume 19: The Red Scare after 1945, edited by Robbie Lieberman (St. James Press, 2004).
  • “Booting a Tramp: Charlie Chaplin, the FBI, and the Construction of the Subversive Image in Red Scare America” (with Tony Shaw) Pacific Historical Review Vol. 72, No. 4 (2003): pages 495-530.