Sarah-Jane Corke

Associate Professor


Historical Studies

Tilley Hall 139

1 506 259 1609

Dr. Sarah-Jane Corke (Post 1945 American History, US Foreign Relations, History of the CIA) received her Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick in 2000. Between 2000 and 2018 Dr. Corke was a tenured faculty member at Dalhousie University. In the summer of 2018 she became an associate professor at UNB.

Dr. Corke is the co-founder and past-president of the North American Society for Intelligence History.

Dr. Corke’s research interests lie in the examination of the domestic roots of American cold war policy. Her first book was on the history of the Central Intelligence Agency during the Truman Administration. She is currently working on a biography of John Paton and Patricia Davies. Dr. Corke was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant in 2022 for this project, which is tentatively titled, The Nine Lives of John Paton and Patricia Grady Davies. She is also working on an edited collection on Western Covert Operations against the East with Dr. Stephen Long and Dr. Francesco Cacciatore.

Dr. Corke recently participated in a virtual discussion with Dr. David Priess and Dr. Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones at the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence on the “CIA at 75”.


Dr. Corke was very proud to participate in the forum on Women and Statecraft History put out by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

Dr. Corke currently teaches courses on the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Spy in History, The History of the CIA and Watergate.

Dr. Corke supervises MA, Ph.D. and postdoctoral students in the areas of 20th and 21st century American History. Her particular focus is on US Foreign Relations and Intelligence History. However, she also has an interest in historiography, postmodernism and intellectual history.


Sarah-Jane Corke and Mark Stout, eds., Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Historians and the International Spy Museum, University of Kansas Press, 2023 (Under Contract).

Sarah-Jane Corke, US Covert Operations and Cold War Strategy: Truman, the CIA and Secret Warfare, Routledge, 2007.

Sarah-Jane Corke, Operacionet e fsheta të SHBA-se dhe strategjia e Luftës së Ftohtë, Tirane, Albania: 2009. (This is an Albanian translation of the book listed above.)


Sarah-Jane Corke, “The political is personal: George Kennan, Roscoe Hillenkoetter and “the strange case of John Paton Davies,” International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, September 2022, p.p. 20.

Richard Immerman, Sarah-Jane Corke, Kathryn Olmstead, Hugh Wilford and Peter Roady, “Seven Questions in Intelligence History,” Passport, January 2022, p.p. 30-35.

Sarah-Jane Corke, “untitled,” Woman and Statecraft History, (Edited by Seth Center and Emma Bates), Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 2020, pp. 33-37.

Sarah-Jane Corke, “George Kennan and the ‘Inauguration of Political Warfare,’” The Journal of Conflict Studies, Summer 2006, vol. 26, no. 1 pp., 98-117.

Sarah-Jane Corke, “History, Historians and the Naming of Foreign Policy: A Postmodern Reflection on American Strategic Thinking During the Truman Administration,” Intelligence and National Security, Fall 2001, vol. 16, no. 3. pp. 146-163.

Sarah-Jane Corke, “Bridging the Gap: Containment, Covert Action and the Search for the Elusive Missing Link in American Cold War Policy, 1948-1953.” The Journal of Strategic Studies, December: 1997, vol. 20, no. 4 pp. 45-65.