May 13, 2021

Alumna Kristin Ahlberg named as Commencement Speaker

Ahlberg is a 1997 summa cum laude graduate with degrees in history and political science

The University of Wisconsin-Superior will conduct its virtual commencement at noon Saturday, May 15, with viewing available online. Alumna Kristin Ahlberg will serve as the Commencement Speaker.

A 1997 summa cum laude graduate of UW-Superior with degrees in history and political science, Ahlberg is a historian and the assistant to the general editor in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. Since joining the office in 2003, Ahlberg has compiled or co-compiled multiple volumes in the “Foreign Relations of the United States” series. She is the author of “Transplanting the Great Society: Lyndon Johnson and Food for Peace” (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2008), which won the 2010 George Pendleton Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG). Ahlberg has published articles in “Agricultural History,” “Diplomatic History,” “Great Plains Quarterly,” and “The Public Historian” and chapters in books published by the University Press of Kansas, Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Wiley-Blackwell.  

A specialist in foreign assistance and human rights policy, Ahlberg has presented on her research at professional conferences and at the Dutch Foreign Ministry, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the University of Texas Clements Center for National Security, and the American Foreign Service Association, in addition to other venues.

Ahlberg currently serves on the Membership and Governance Committees of the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and on the Public History Committee of the Agricultural History Society. She has served on the NCPH Board of Directors, SHFG Executive Council (including as SHFG Vice President and President), “The Public Historian” editorial board, and the American Historical Association Professional Division.

Ahlberg continued her education and earned a M.A. in history from the University of Nebraska in 1999; and a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Nebraska in 2003.



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