Professor Hugh Wilford, PhD

Professor Hugh Wilford
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
A fundamental contradiction lies at the heart of the CIA's existence. It's the tension between democracy and accountability on one hand, and the need for secrecy on the other to protect the government and its people.

Hugh Wilford is a Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). He was born in the United Kingdom and graduated with a BA with honors in Modern History from the University of Bristol. Professor Wilford earned his PhD in American Studies from the University of Exeter. He began his career teaching US history in England at Middlesex University in London and the University of Sheffield. While still based in the UK, he received scholarships from the Fulbright Commission and the British government to teach and research in the United States, first at CSULB, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he remains a Faculty Affiliate.

At CSULB, Professor Wilford has received a President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in teaching and research and the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly & Creative Achievement Award. He has also received awards from several other US institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Princeton University Library, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Professor Wilford has published extensively in the field of US history on such topics as the CIA, US–Middle East relations, Americanization and anti-Americanism in Europe, the American left, and US intellectuals. He is the author of many scholarly articles and papers as well as several books, including The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America; The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War: Calling the Tune?; and The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution. Professor Wilford’s book America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East won a gold medal in The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Book Prize competition. He is the coeditor, with Helen Laville, of The US Government, Citizen Groups and the Cold War: The State-Private Network. Professor Wilford’s work has been featured in numerous TV, radio, and newspaper interviews.

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  1. The Agency: A History of the CIA Sale

    The Agency: A History of the CIA

    Hugh Wilford
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    Few organizations are as fascinating, as mysterious—and as controversial—as the Central Intelligence Agency. In The Agency: A History of the CIA, Professor Hugh Wilford transforms decades of research into an engrossing 24-lecture course that helps you better understand the role the CIA has played in recent American history, from the Cold War to the War on Terror.
  2. (Set) The Agency & American Military History Set

    (Set) The Agency & American Military History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Explore the history of intelligence gathering and warfare in the United States with this two-course set. In The Agency: A History of the CIA, explore the inner workings of the Central Intelligence Agency and its successful-and disastrous-operations. Then, ground your understanding of the CIA in the larger context of the nation's armed conflicts from the French and Indian War to the Global War on Terrorism with...
  3. (Set) The Agency & The Surveillance State Set

    (Set) The Agency & The Surveillance State

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    This eye-opening two-course set takes you into the secret word of surveillance, espionage, and intelligence gathering. First, explore the inner workings of the Central Intelligence Agency and its successful-and disastrous-operations in The Agency: A History of the CIA. Then, in The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You, explore provocative issues involving how the government gatherings information and the...
  4. (Set) The Agency & Thinking about Cybersecurity Set

    (Set) The Agency & Thinking about Cybersecurity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $489.90 $434.90$489.90
    How does the United States of America work to keep its citizens secure form national and international dangers? Discover the answers in this two-course set. First, explore the inner workings of the Central Intelligence Agency and its successful-and disastrous-operations in The Agency: A History of the CIA. Then, open your eyes to the unique dangers of the Internet and how we're learning to better understand and...
  5. (Set) The Agency & Forensic History Set

    (Set) The Agency & Forensic History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Follow in the footsteps of secret agents and criminal investigators with this intriguing two-course set delivered by award-winning professors. In The Agency: A History of the CIA, explore the inner workings of the Central Intelligence Agency and its successful-and disastrous-operations. And in Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals, re-examine some of modern history's greatest crimes and scandals using the...
  6. (SET) The Real History of Secret Societies & The Agency Set on sale

    (SET) The Real History of Secret Societies & The Agency

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $106.90 $539.90 $106.90$539.90
    Slip into the shadows of some of history’s most fascinating—and secretive—societies and organizations in this illuminating two-course set. In The Real History of Secret Societies, explore the often mystifying (and sometimes disturbing) world of brotherhoods, sisterhoods, orders, cults, and cabals that have influenced human culture from ancient times to the present. And in The Agency: A History of the CIA, an...
  7. (Set) The Agency & America and the World Set

    (Set) The Agency & America and the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $524.90 $434.90$524.90
    Survey the clandestine and diplomatic story of the United States of America with this two-course set that pairs The Agency: A History of the CIA and America and the World: A Diplomatic History. The first course explores the inner workings of the Central Intelligence Agency and its successful-and disastrous-operations. The second course reveals how diplomacy has helped resolve international disputes and chart new...