Timothy Nunan is a historian with a strong interest in 20th century international history, in particular that of Germany, the former Soviet Union, and, more recently, that of Persianate Asia. He wrote his dissertation on the history of international development and social science interventions in Cold War Afghanistan, titled “Developing Powers: Modernization, Economic Development, and Governance in Cold War Afghanistan.” Tim is also interested in modernism in the arts, especially documentary photography and architecture, and occasionally writes both scholarly and popular pieces on those themes, too.
He received his intellectual training to this point at Princeton (A.B., 2008), the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he was a Fulbright Scholar from 2008-2009, and Corpus Christi College of the University of Oxford (M.Phil., 2011), where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After receiving a D.Phil. in History at Oxford, he is currently a Harvard Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, where he is in the process of re-writing his dissertation into an academic monograph, provisionally titled “Humanitarian Invasion: Development and State Destruction in Cold War Afghanistan.”
In his spare time, Timothy enjoys cooking, travel to foreign lands, web development, and typesetting. In past lives, he was also involved in the Princeton Debate Panel. While currently nomadic, he grew up in Southern California, with interludes in Mexico and Argentina prior to leaving for the East Coast.