Ph.D., Yale University
M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University
B.A., Stanford University
Victor McFarland is an assistant professor in the MU Department of History. His research interests center on oil and the energy industry, along with related topics including the environment, political economy, and U.S. relations with the Middle East. His book Oil Powers, on the United States and Saudi Arabia, will be published by Columbia University Press in spring 2020.
Originally from North Idaho, Dr. McFarland received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Before coming to the University of Missouri, he was a Miller Center fellow at the University of Virginia in 2012-13 and a Dickey Center fellow at Dartmouth College in 2013-14. In 2018-19 he served as a Warren Center faculty fellow at Harvard University.
“The United States and the Oil Price Collapse of the 1980s,” in Duccio Basosi, Giuliano Garavni, and Massimiliano Trentin, eds., Counter-Shock: The Oil Counter-Revolution of the 1980s (I.B. Tauris, 2018)
"Oil Diplomacy," in Gorden Martel, ed., The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), pp. 1381-1388.
Introduction, roundtable review of Salim Yaqub, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.–Middle East Relations in the 1970s (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016), SHAFR Passport, September 2017
Review of Nathan Citino, “The Ghosts of Development: The United States and Jordan’s East Ghor Canal,” Journal of Cold War Studies 16:4 (Fall 2014): 159-188, published online by H-Diplo, October 21, 2016
“The Paris Climate Agreement in Historical Perspective,” published on the Humanity blog, December 15, 2015
“The New International Economic Order, Interdependence, and Globalization,” Humanity Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 2015)
Review of Guy Laron, The Origins of the Suez Crisis: Postwar Development Diplomacy and the Struggle over Third World Industrialization, 1945-1956 (Washington and Baltimore: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), published online by H-Diplo, January 25, 2015
Review of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXVI, Energy Crisis, 1969-1974, published online by H-Diplo, December 10, 2012
With David Holloway (Stanford University), "The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in the Context of the Cold War Military Confrontation," Hungarian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1 (June 2006)
History 1200/1200H, “American History since 1865” (Undergraduate Lecture – Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2018)
History 3485/4485, “The United States and the Middle East” (Undergraduate Lecture – Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018)
History 4250, “American Foreign Relations, 1898-1945” (Undergraduate Lecture – Fall 2014)
History 4260, “American Foreign Relations, 1945 to the Present” (Undergraduate Lecture – Spring 2015)
History 4272-01, “Oil and Energy” (Undergraduate Seminar – Spring 2017)
History 4445, “American Political Economy from the Commerce Clause to the Great Recession” (Undergraduate Seminar – Spring 2016)
History 8457, “Studies in the History of the United States and the World” (Graduate Seminar – Fall 2015)
History 8480, “Historiography” (Graduate Seminar co-taught with Jonathan Sperber – Spring 2017)