Netherlands American Studies Association


William Michael Schmidli

Assistant Professor of History

William Michael Schmidli is a member of the Institute for History at Leiden University. He is a U.S. foreign relations historian, and his research interests include human rights history, democracy promotion, and the significance of war and militarization in modern U.S. history. Schmidli is the author of The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell, 2013), and Freedom on the Offensive: Human Rights, Democracy Promotion, and US Interventionism in the Late Cold War (Cornell, 2022).