Arnold A. Offner

Arnold A. Offner

Arnold A. Offner was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. to parents who had immigrated from Eastern Europe. They and his siblings instilled in him at an early age a deep love of learning. Attending Columbia University, Professor Offner earned a bachelor’s degree in history and an MA and PhD at Indiana University. His specialty is 20th-century American foreign policy and politics. Professor Offner taught at Syracuse and Boston universities before becoming the first Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History at Lafayette College in 1991. Upon his 2012 retirement, he was named professor emeritus. An admirer of the New Deal, Professor Offner was drawn to Hubert Humphrey as one of the mid-20th century’s strongest advocates of the Roosevelt-Truman liberal tradition. In spite of Humphrey’s remarkable legacy of accomplishment, he has been largely forgotten. Professor Offner’s Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country seeks to restore the longtime U.S. senator, vice president, and 1968 presidential nominee to his rightful place as one of the most important American statesmen of the mid-20th century. Professor Offner’s other books include Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953; The Origins of the Second World War: American Foreign Policy and World Politics, 1917-1941; and American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938. During his teaching career, he won recognition as a gifted teacher. At Lafayette he won the Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award and the Mary Louise Van Artsdalen Award for Scholarship, and at Boston University he won the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Professor Offner and his wife Ellen, a health care strategist and consultant, live in Newton, Massachusetts, near their children, their children’s spouses, and their grandchildren.
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