Chad Parker received a History Department Grant-in-Aid of Research for his innovative dissertation on American corporations and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
The dissertation examines the foreign relations of the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) and the impact of its development programs in Saudi Arabia from 1945 to 1973. The research will focus on how Aramco engaged in the spread of American ideas of progress through modernization programs designed and administered by the corporation. Parker hopes to show how independent organizations, like corporations, carried out modernization programs, measured the success of their efforts, and displayed these achievements to the rest of the world.
Chad explains that his research for this project has taken him from San Francisco to Washington DC. With the grant-in-aid he will be able to conduct further research at the various presidential libraries.
Chad's advisor is Nick Cullather. Chad did his undergraduate degree at Purdue University and his M.A. degree at Colorado State University.