Bartholomew Sparrow studies American political development, specifically, the conjunction between the American state and the international system. He teaches courses on American territorial expansion, American political institutions and processes, American politics and government, political communication, and the politics of food in America. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and has been awarded the Leonard D. White and the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha awards from the American Political Science Association.
Professor Sparrow is the author of The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security. His other books include The Insular Cases and the Emergence of American Empire; Uncertain Guardians: The News Media as a Political Institution; and From the Outside In: World War II and the American State. He is co-editor, with Sanford Levinson, of The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion, 1803-1898 and, with Roderick Hart, of Politics, Discourse, and American Society: New Agendas. Professor Sparrow also has chapters in other edited volumes, and his articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Political Communication, Diplomatic History, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and other scholarly journals.