Cora Goldstein, an assistant professor of political science at CSULB, was recognized recently with the Mary Parker Follett Award from the American Political Science Association's Politics and History Section for her article "Before the CIA: American Actions in the German Fine Arts (1946-1949)".
Given for the best article or chapter in politics and history during the previous year, the Follett Award is named for pioneer political scientist Mary Parker Follett, an early advocate of the "business eco-system" and revered in the 1950s as the savior of the Japanese industrial base. Previous winners of the award were from Swarthmore College, Princeton and Syracuse University.
"It was a real honor and pleasure to receive this award," said Goldstein, whose article was published in the November 2005 issue of Diplomatic History. The political science faculty member is an expert on the occupation of Germany after World War II.
In her award-winning article, Goldstein shows that many of the methods utilized by the CIA in the cultural field during the Cold War were developed, in fact, during the American occupation of Germany. Starting in 1946, a handful of officers in the American military government implemented overt and covert operations to attract German artists and intellectuals to the American Zone and to weaken Soviet influence on the German intelligentsia.
One of the strongest features of her research is her expertise in archives. "I very much like working in archives," said Goldstein, who has searched for data in deposits ranging from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to records found in concentration camps."Sometimes I've transcribed by hand and sometimes by laptop. In some cases one can photocopy material. In all events, archival work is actually quite interesting. It's an adventure."
Goldstein received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. (in 2002) from the University of Chicago. The topic of her doctoral dissertation was "The Political Control of Images: Iconoclasm and Indoctrination in American Occupied Germany, 1945-1949." She has been a faculty member at CSULB since 2002.
"I feel very lucky to be working at a university where I've been able to teach and do research," Goldstein explained. "I started teaching when I was a University of Chicago graduate student and I knew right away it was for me. Teaching is a social exercise and after a great class you can feel on top of the world. I've been able to achieve a good balance between teaching and research at CSULB."
Goldstein is now working on American information control policy in postwar Iraq.