Most recently the Panitza Visiting Professor of communist studies at the American University in Bulgaria (2014), Dr. Johanna Granville has over 13 years of experience teaching in professional military - as well as private - institutions, including the U.S. Air War College, Harvard, Georgetown, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, Clemson, and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She has also taught on Fulbright grants at the University of Debrecen in Hungary and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Granville is the author of The First Domino: International Decision Making during the Hungarian Crisis of 1956 (Texas A & M University Press, 2004); 'If Hope Is Sin, Then We Are All Guilty': Romanian Students' Reactions to the Hungarian Revolution and Soviet Intervention, 1956-1958 (2008); and over forty refereed articles and working papers. Her articles have appeared in Diplomatic History, Journal of Contemporary History, Cold War History, Europe-Asia, East European Politics and Societies, East European Quarterly, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Canadian Journal of History, Carl Beck Papers, Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) Bulletin, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, and the Hungarian-language Történelmi Szemle, the flagship journal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She has received grants and fellowships from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of East European Studies, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, IREX, and the ACTR/ACCELS Title VII Research Scholarship Board. Granville earned her MALD and Ph.D. in International Relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and her BA in Russian Language and Literature from Amherst College.

Project Summary

Johanna Granville investigates archival documents from former communist bloc countries, to reinterpret international decision making during the Hungarian revolution of 1956. The project examines the reasons why the Soviet Union decided to invade Hungary, as well as the roles of Poland, Yugoslavia, and the United States. Her research resulted in the publication of The First Domino: International Decision Making During the Hungarian Crisis of 1956 (Texas A & M University Press, 2004). - See more at:


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Short-term Grant (June-July 1993. Johanna Granville studied the patterns in Soviet decision making during the military interventions in Hungary (1956), Czechoslovakia (1968), and Afghanistan (1979), drawing on newly declassified archival documents. This was published as a Ph.D. dissertation (Tufts U. Fletcher School of Diplomacy).