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David Alvarez  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Connecticut, 1975
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Connecticut, 1971
  • B.A. Government, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California, 1969

Teaching Experience:

  • Visiting Professor (spring semester), Department of International Relations - American University in Paris, Paris, France (1989)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Political Science - Loyola University of Chicago (Rome Center), Rome, Italy (1985 - 1986)
  • Assistant Professor / Professor, Department of Politics - aint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California (1973 - Present)


  • Research Fellowship - National Security Agency (Department of Defense) (1997)
    The fellowship was from 1997-1998.
  • Saint Mary's College Alumni Faculty Research Fellowship - Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California (1990)
  • National Defense Education Act Fellowship - National Defense (1969)
    Fellowship was from 1969-1972.


  • Travel Grant - National Endowment for the Humanities (1990)
  • Research Grant - Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism (1978)
  • Research Grants - American Philosophical Society (1977)
    Also received in 1981.


  • Alvarez, David. 2007. "Wilhelm Fenner and the Development of the German Cipher Bureau, 1922-1939" ment of the German Cipher Bureau, 1922-1939, Cryptologia, vol. 31, issue 2, pg.152-163
  • Alvarez, David. ""The Best Information Service in Europe? Vatican Intelligence and the Final Solution"." Secret Intelligence and the Holocaust. Ed. Bankier, David New York: Enigma Books, 2006. 187-212
  • Alvarez, David. 2002. Spies in the Vatican: Espionage and Intrigue from Napoleon to the Holocaust, University Press of Kansas
  • Alvarez, David J. "Left in the Dust: Italian Signals Intelligence, 1915-1943." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 14.Fall (2002): p. 388-408
  • Alvarez, David J. "Most Helpful and Cooperative: GC&CS and the Development of American Diplomatic Cryptanalysis, 1941-1942." Action This Day: Bletchley Park from the Breaking of the Enigma Code to the Birth of the Modern Computer (2001): p. 152-173
  • Alvarez, David J. Secret Messages: Codebreaking and American Diplomacy, 1930-1945. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2000.
  • Alvarez, David J. "American Signals Intelligence and the Cuban Missile Crisis." Intelligence and National Security 15.Spring (2000)
  • Allied and Axis signals Intelligence in World War II. London: Frank Cass Publishers, 1999.
  • Alvarez, David J. "Axis Sigint Collaboration: A Limited Partnership." Intelligence and National Security 14.Spring (1999)
  • Alvarez, David J. "Behind Venona: American Signals Intelligence in the Early Cold War." Intelligence and National Security 14.Summer (1999)
  • Alvarez, David J. and Graham, Robert A. Nothing Sacred: Nazi Espionage Against the Vatican, 1939-1945. San Jose: Frank Cass Publishers, 1997.
  • Alvarez, David J. "No Immunity: Signals Intelligence and the European Neutrals, 1939-45." Intelligence and National Security 12.April (1997)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Vatican." The Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations (1997)
  • Alvarez, David J. "Diplomatic Solutions: German Diplomatic Cryptanalysis, 1919-1945." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 9.Summer (1996)
  • Alvarez, David J. "A German Agent at the Vatican: The Gerlach Affair." Intelligence and National Security 11.April (1996)
  • Alvarez, David J. "Faded Lustre: Vatican Cryptography, 1815-1920." Cryptologia 20.April (1996)
  • Alvarez, David J. "Italian Diplomatic Cryptanalysis in World War I,." Cryptologia 20.January (1996)
  • Alvarez, David J. "A Dutch Enciphered Code." Cryptologia 19.July (1995)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Vatican and the Spanish-Cuban-American War." The War of 1898 and U.S. Interventions, 1898-1934 (1994)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Papal Cipher Section in the Early Nineteenth Century." Cryptologia 17.April (1993)
  • Alvarez, David J. "Vatican Communications Security, 1914-1918." Intelligence and National Security 7.October (1992)
  • Alvarez, David J. "Purely a Business Matter: The Taft Mission to the Vatican." Diplomatic History 16.Summer (1992)
  • Alvarez, David J. "A Papal Diplomatic Code." Cryptologia 16.April (1992)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Vatican and the Fall of Poland" and "The Vatican and Italian Belligerency." The Opening of the Second World War (1991)
  • Alvarez, David J. "Vatican Intelligence Capabilities in the Second World War." Intelligence and National Security 6.July (1991)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Professionalization of the Papal Diplomatic Service, 1907-1967." Catholic Historical Review 75.April (1989)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Vatican and the First Hague Peace Conference." Archivum Historiae Pontificiae 26 (1988)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Papacy in the Diplomacy of the American Civil War." Catholic Historical Review 69.April (1983)
  • Alvarez, David J. Bureaucracy and Cold War Diplomacy: The United States and Turkey, 1943-1946. Thessaloniki: Institute for Balkan Studies, 1980.
  • Alvarez, David J. "American Recognition of the Papal States: A Reconsideration." Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 91.March-December (1980)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Vatican Secret Archive." Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 9.December (1978)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Vatican and the War in the Far East, 1941-1943." Historian 40.May (1978)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Department of State and the Abortive Papal Mission to China, August 1918." Catholic Historical Review 62.July (1976)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Embassy of Laurence A. Steinhardt: Aspects of Allied-Turkish Relations, 1942-1945." East European Quarterly 9.Spring (1975)
  • Alvarez, David J. "The Missouri Visit to Turkey: An Alternative Perspective on Cold War Diplomacy." Balkan Studies 15 (1974)
  • Alvarez, David J. and True, Edmond J. "Critical Elections and Partisan Realignment: An Urban Test Case." Polity 5.Summer (1973)
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