Heather Salazar


Ohio University


Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer

Academic Interests:

U.S. Military History
U.S. Cold War Interventions
Caribbean History
Post 1945 Central American History


"We Are Not in Anybody's Backyard, And We Are Definitely Not For Sale": Grenada's Challenge to United States' Cold War Policy

Bio Note:

Heather Salazar received her B.A. in History and B.S in Secondary Education from Kutzown University in 2007. She then received her M.A. in Military History from Norwich University in 2012. During this time Heather was a both a Constituent Outreach Specialist and then a Regional Coordinator for the PA House of Representatives in Southeast Pennsylvania. In addition, she volunteered and was the Curator of the Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Horsham, PA.

In 2014, Heather began her doctoral studies at Ohio University studying U.S. military history and modern Latin American history and how the two would continually intersect after World War II. As such, for her dissertation, which she is currently writing, Heather will examine how the small Caribbean island of Grenada affected U.S. foreign policy and vice versa culminating with the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada. She will explore how the departure of British governance over part of the Caribbean led the newly independent islands, such as Grenada, to look elsewhere for economic, diplomatic, and political support.

Currently, Heather is employed by the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service as a Veterans Policy Analyst. Having started this position in July 2018, she responds to congressional inquiries on a multitude of veterans issues including, but not limited to, disability compensation, presumptive exposure and related medical conditions, burial and death benefits, and veterans cemeteries.

Updated September 2020

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