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Research project

Modernization and U.S. Service Programs

The project explores the role of modernization theory in the development of two foreign and domestic service programs: the Peace Corps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). The Peace Corps has long been understood as a modernizing effort in a Cold War context, and this project will further investigate VISTA’s place in this framework, from foreign and domestic policy perspectives. By analyzing the influence of ideologies such as modernization theory on policymakers’ development of these two service programs, this project will contribute to a more complete picture of the relationship between foreign and domestic policy during a pivotal post-war period, and what this means for ideas of a “liberal international order.”

2023 - 2027
Catherine Wood
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