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. Thematically, his research interests include governance and intellectual history, with a current special interest in the international history of the social sciences in the 20th century. He is currently in the process of conducting research for and writing 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 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. Currently a D.Phil. Candidate in History at Oxford, in August 2013 he will begin an appointment as a Harvard Academy Scholar.
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.