Kenton Clymer is a Distinguished Research Professor in the NIU Department of History and a leading scholar in the history of American relations with South and Southeast Asia. Over the course of his career, he has traveled to more than 30 countries, conducting extensive archival research in India, Cambodia, the Philippines, Australia and Great Britain.
His book, “A Delicate Relationship: The United States and Burma/Myanmar since 1945,” published in late 2015, details the history of U.S. relations with the country of Burma, known officially as Myanmar. Clymer’s friendship with Aung San Suu Kyi – the young scholar who played a leading role in Burma’s pro-democratic movement and earned the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize – is a testament to his expertise in the region.
Clymer’s various studies of U.S. relations with the nations of South and Southeast Asia have shaped the scholarship on American foreign policy in Asia and set the bar on what is expected for American historians researching international topics.
South and Southeast Asia
American Foreign Relations
United States – 19th and 20th Century