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Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, Ph.D.


Dr. Elizabeth Edwards Spalding is Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) and Founding Director of the Victims of Communism Museum. She is Senior Fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy and Visiting Fellow at the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale College.

Dr. Spalding is the author of The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism and the co-author of A Brief History of the Cold War. Her scholarly and popular articles and reviews have been published widely, including in Journal of Church and StateOrbisThe Wilson QuarterlyProvidenceThe American SpectatorLaw & LibertyH-Diplo, and Claremont Review of Books. She teaches and speaks on subjects ranging from presidential leadership, religion and politics, and comparative ideologies to Communism, the Cold War, and national security. She is a core faculty member in VOC’s National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators, and she also serves on the Board of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). Her expertise is regularly sought for documentaries, podcasts, and other media and academic outlets.

Dr. Spalding holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in international politics and political theory from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in politics from Hillsdale College. A third-generation anticommunist, she lives with her family in Arlington, Virginia.

VOC Chairman Dr. Elizabeth Edwards Spalding explores how the Victims of Communism Museum educates through teaching history so we can live not by lies in The American Spectator. Dr. Spalding writes, “As Václav Havel foretold, the collapse of communism in…

Read the latest from VOC’s Chairman Dr. Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, and VOC’s CEO Ken Pope in Fox News on why are our children not being taught the truth about the deadliest ideology the world has ever known. TweetShareSharePin

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