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Bernard J. Firestone

Professor of Political Science


MPH, 1979, CUNY Gr Sch & Univ Cnt; PHD, 1979, CUNY Gr Sch & Univ Cnt; BA, 1970, Yeshiva Univ New York


Dr. Bernard J. Firestone retired as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Hofstra University in June 2017.  A specialist in international relations and the American presidency, Dr. Firestone is the author of The Quest for Nuclear Stability: John F. Kennedy and the Soviet Union and The United Nations Under U Thant, 1961-1971.   He is the editor of two volumes:  Lyndon Baines Johnson and The Uses of Power and Gerald R. Ford and the Politics of Post-Watergate America.  His most recent article, “Failed Mediation: U Thant, the Johnson Administration and the Vietnam War,” was published in Diplomatic History.  A recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Firestone regularly teaches a course in international relations in the Department of Political Science. 

Teaching Interests

American foreign policy and international politics.

Research Interests

Diplomatic History

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
PSC 001 (BH) AMERICAN POLITICS Undergraduate
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