Office: Wood Hall 308
Advisor: Frank Costigliola
Research Fields: U.S. Foreign Relations, U.S. & the World, Emotions History, Gender, Cultural History, History of the Body, Empire
Bio: Gabrielle Westcott is a sixth-year doctoral student in the history of U.S. foreign relations. She received her B.A. in history at Whitman College in 2012 and her M.A. in history from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Her dissertation explores how the emotions and personalities of Lyndon Johnson and his advisors shaped U.S. policy toward Vietnam in 1968. Gabrielle also works part time at UConn’s Archives & Special Collections, processing collections, prepping materials for digitization, and contributing to the website.
“Provoking Policy: Clark Clifford and the Emotional Language of Vietnam Policy Debates in 1968,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference, June 22, 2018.
“‘All designed to arouse the President’: The Emotional Dimensions of Vietnam Policy in 1968,” 2018 Annual History Honors Conference, Whitman College, May 9, 2018.
Panel Commenter, “Power and Influence in World Affairs,” 2014 Annual History Graduate Student Research Conference, University of Connecticut, August 28, 2017.
“The Other Struggle for Hearts and Minds: Clark Clifford, Lyndon Johnson, and the Emotional Influences on Vietnam Policy in 1968,” 2014 Annual History Graduate Student Research Conference, University of Connecticut, August 27, 2014.
“Recognizing a Stalemate: Clark Clifford and the Changing of American Policy in Vietnam, 1965-1968,” 2012 Annual History Honors Conference, Whitman College, May 4, 2012.
Honors and Awards:
2016 Andrew W. Pyper Scholarship, University of Connecticut
2012 Ronald V. Sires-Robert L. Whitner History Award, Whitman College