David L. Evans

David Evans, doctoral student, History Dept., UConnOffice Hours, Spring 2019: Mon & Wed 4 – 5 pm
Office: Room 217, Wood Hall

Advisor: Bradley Simpson


I was born and raised in Louisiana. After graduating high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps and served as an Infantryman, Recon Marine, Special Operations Element Leader. Deployments took me to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Japan. My interest in history was peaked while teaching special operations history and organization as an instructor at the Marine Special Operations Command Assessment and Selection Course. This led me to pursue a professional education in history as an undergraduate and graduate student, first at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), and now at the University of Connecticut.


Areas of Interest:
U.S. in the World – Cold War and Twentieth Century
Agriculture, Political Economy, and Domestic Affairs in U.S. Foreign Policy
The Global South and U.S. Relations with Cold War Allies
Human Rights and Authoritarianism

B.A., History and International Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington
M.A., History, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Thesis: “No ‘Business as Usual’: The Diplomacy of the 1980 U.S. Grain Embargo on the Soviet Union, Human Rights, and the End of Détente”

“Agricultural Sales and the Making of Detente: The US-Soviet Grain Deal of 1972,” NC State Graduate Journal of History, Vol 3 (2015)


“False Harvest: U.S. Foreign Relations and the Dream of Agricultural Power during the 1970s” The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2018 Annual Meeting