Patrick Vaughan is a professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora. He specializes on Cold War history and America's evolving global role in the early 21st century. He came to Poland on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2000. He has subsequently received generous support from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the George Kennan Center/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2003 his work on Zbigniew Brzezinski was awarded by the Polish Institute for Arts and Sciences and the Polish Embassy in Washington DC as the top PhD regarding Poland. In 2011 his strategic biography of Zbigniew Brzezinski was nominated for Nagroda Historyczna im. Kazimierza Moczarskiego as one of the superior works in Polish contemporary history. He also teaches classes on Soviet/East European literature, the role of petroleum in the geopolitical contest in Eurasia, and Science Fiction as political and social metaphor.
Grants and honors:
- Ambassador Kazimierz Dziewanowski Memorial Dissertation Award. Awarded by Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA) jointly with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.
- George Kennan Research Grant. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
- J. William Fulbright Scholarship: Sponsored by Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
- John L. Snell Memorial Prize in European History. Awarded annually by Southern Historical Association for outstanding original graduate student research paper in European History.