Panelist Bios

Scott Ackerman is the Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor at Germanna Community College. He received his PhD in History from the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Pierre Asselin is the Dwight E. Stanford Chair in US Foreign Relations at San Diego State University. He specializes in the history of Vietnamese communist strategic thinking in the period 1945-75.

Regina T. Akers is a naval historian, oral history team lead, and specialist on diversity and inclusion with the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, DC. She is author of The Navy’s First Enlisted Women: Patriotic Pioneers and is co-writing Navy’s oral history guide.

Terry Beckenbaugh

Michael S. Bell is a professor of national security policy and strategy at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a MA and PhD in history from the University of Maryland at College Park and previously served at the National Defense University as Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the National War College and as Chancellor of the College of International Security Affairs.

Huw Bennett is Reader in International Relations at Cardiff University, specializing in British strategy since 1945.

Cameron Boutin is a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky and currently working on his dissertation. He is the author of articles that have appeared in the Journal of Military History and the Journal of the American Revolution, and he has a forthcoming one in Civil War History.

Alexander Burns is a PhD Candidate at West Virginia University, where he studies eighteenth-century military history with Dr. Katherine Aaslestad. His dissertation examines localism and religious identities among British and Prussian common soldiers between 1739-1789.

Michael Burns is an associate editor with the South Dakota State Historical Society having earned his PhD from Texas Christian University in May 2018. He is currently working on a book monograph based on his dissertation, focused on Northern Virginia’s environment during the Second Bull Run Campaign.

David Campmier

Aurore Chow is a lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.  Her research investigates how identity drives behavior in social and cultural contexts including military education, and she teaches communication and pedagogy at the ANU and the Australian War College and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Michele Curran Cornell earned her PhD in American War and Society and Gender History at Kent State University in 2018. She is currently employed as a military historian for SNA International supporting the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency at Offutt Air Force Base.

Michael Doidge is a contract historian working for the Department of Defense. His work on the history of suicide in the military has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Washington Post.

Antulio J. Echevarria II is the Editor-in-Chief of the US Army War College Press; he has been a research fellow at Oxford University, a senior research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and an adjunct fellow at the Modern War Institute.  He is the author of six books, the most recent of which is War’ Logic: Strategic Thought in the American Way of War (Cambridge, 2021).

Lee W. Eysturlid, PhD and NBCT, currently teaching at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Research interest and published on the Archduke Carl of Austria.

Allison S. Finkelstein is the Senior Historian at Arlington National Cemetery. A specialist in military memory and the First World War, her book Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917-1945 will be published by the University of Alabama Press in 2021.

Nathan K. Finney is an officer in the U.S. Army, currently serving as a Goodpaster Scholar and PhD student in history at Duke University. He is the co-editor and an author of Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics and the editor and an author of On Strategy: A Primer.

Barbara Gannon is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic (UNC Press) .

Nikolas Gardner is professor of strategy at the UAE National Defense College in Abu Dhabi. He has taught previously at the Royal Military College of Canada and the USAF Air War College.

Donald Hall is a retired Army Medical Service Corps officer and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Military Medicine and History at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is currently conducting research for a history of the Army Medical Department in the Vietnam War.

Mike Hankins is the Curator of US Air Force History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and an Assistant Editor of From Balloons to Drones. He was formerly a Professor of Strategy at the US Air Command and Staff College and Instructor of Military History at the US Air Force Academy.

Charles Harris is a doctoral candidate in the University of South Florida History Department studying the United States military during the Gilded Age/Progressive Era. His dissertation examines the changing place of the U.S. Navy in American popular culture during an age of massive overseas expansion at the turn of the 20th century.

Richard Hulver earned his doctorate from West Virginia University. He has worked as a historian for US Southern Command, the American Battle Monuments Commission, the US Army Chief of Staff’s Iraq War Study Group, and Naval History and Heritage Command. He currently works as a historian for the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

Kate Imy is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas and will be a fellow at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University to work on her next book project on the colonial origins of the “hearts and minds” idea of war. Her multiple-prize-winning first book, Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army, was released by Stanford University Press in 2019.

Ian Isherwood is Assistant Professor of War and Memory Studies at Gettysburg College. He has his PhD in history from the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for War Studies and is the author of Remembering the Great War.

Michael W. Jones is a Professor of Strategy and Policy with the United States Naval War College in Monterey, California. His specialty is the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars; however, for the past twenty years he has researched and written on a wide array of conflicts, examining them through the political, grand strategic, strategic, and operational levels of warfare.

Robert Kane earned his PhD from UCLA in 1997, and is a retired Air Force officer and civilian historian with research interests including modern military history with a focus on World Wars I and II. He currently teaches part time at Troy University and American Military University.

Matthew Keagle is the Curator of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum where he oversees a broad collection of early modern military material culture. He received his PhD from the Bard Graduate Center focusing on military dress in the 18th century.

Daniel Krebs is the 2020-2021 Harold K. Johnson Chair in Military History at the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War during the American Revolution (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) and co-editor with Lorien Foote, of the forthcoming Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts (University Press of Kansas).

Andrew Levidis is a research fellow in Modern East Asian History at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Ko-Hang Liao is a PhD student in Modern East Asian History at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.

Brian McAllister Linn is the Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He is the author of five books on American military history and is a former president of the Society for Military History.

Nathan Marzoli is a Staff Historian at the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He holds a BA and MA in History from the University of New Hampshire, and has published several articles in Civil War History and Army History.

Thomas M. Meagher spent twenty five years in the national security field, including time on active duty as an Army officer, a decade in financial management positions in the defense industry, and another decade as a Wall Street defense industry analyst. He teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of History at Georgia Southern University.

Joseph Miller is a historian at the National Guard Bureau, his current project is the COVID-19 response. He received his PhD in Spring 2020 from the University of Maine.

Sascha R. Möebius is a lecturer of history at the University of Louisville. Together with his wife Katrin he has recently published Prussian Army Soldiers and the Seven Years War: The Psychology of Honor.

Daniel Moran is a professor of international and military history in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where teaches and writes about the history of war and international relations in Europe and Asia. He was educated at Yale and Stanford Universities, and has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and professor of strategy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Michelle Moyd is Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her book, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and German East Africa, was published by Ohio University Press in 2014.

Sherzod Muminov is a lecturer in Japanese History at the School of History, University of East Anglia.

Alex Nordlund earned his PhD from the University of Georgia in 2020. His past research has appeared in the Journal of Military History, Modern Intellectual History, and War in History.

Danny Orbach is a senior lecturer in the Asian Studies and History Departments, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Timothy Parsons holds a joint appointment as a Professor of African History in the history department and the African and African American Studies Progam at Washington University in St. Louis.

Alex Paul, a former British infantry soldier, is a History PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Houston in Texas. Focusing on the United States and the First World War, his research analyzes relationships between ethnic communities and wartime authorities, and foreign-born soldiers and the War Department.

Adam Petty is a historian and documentary editor for the Joseph Smith Papers and the author of the Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory.

Lindsay Rae Privette is Assistant Professor of History at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Her current manuscript, tentatively titled Fighting Johnnies, Fevers, and Mosquitoes: A Medical History of the Vicksburg Campaign explores how soldiers’ health and medical care influence military campaigns.

Kyle Prochnow is a PhD candidate in history at York University. His dissertation traces the social and military history of the West India Regiments in the Caribbean and British West Africa.

Keith Prushankin is a PhD Candidate at Freie Universitaet Berlin. He is a researcher for the Contestations of the Liberal Script project, through which he is researching the intersection of populist politics and the pro-Russian discourse in Central Europe.

Luke Reynolds received his PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2019 and currently teaches at Hunter College, CUNY and Manhattan College. He has published articles in both the Journal of Victorian Culture and the Journal of Tourism History and is currently at work adapting his dissertation into a monograph.

Heather Salazar is a PhD Candidate at Ohio University examining the relationship between the U.S. and Grenada and the events and policies that led to the 1983 US invasion of the island. Salazar is also currently a Veterans Policy Analyst with the Congressional Research Service within Library of Congress.

Joyce Sampson is a Professor of Strategy and War at the United States Naval War College in Monterey, CA. She is currently translating Clausewitz’s The Campaigns of Frederick the Great from 1741-1762 and the other smaller histories in his Hinterlassene Werke Vol. 10.

Mattea Sanders is the 316th Wing Historian at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Station Washington. She has a Master’s Degree in Public History from American University and is the Vice President of the Society for History of the Federal Government.

Ann-Sophie Schoepfel is a research fellow at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University.

Matthew R. Schwonek is chairman of the Department of International Security of Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL. An historian of East Central Europe and Russia, he teaches courses in the College’s core and elective programs.

Dale Smith is Professor of Military Medicine and History at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

Victoria Sotvedt is a first year PhD student in the department of History at the University of Calgary. She specializes in Canadian armored forces in the Second World War and early prairie history.

Michael Stout is an adjunct faculty member at University of Texas at Arlington as well as Dallas College and Tarrant County College. His fields are Modern European and German Military History.

Martin Thomas is Professor of Imperial History at Exeter University, specializing in decolonization and anticolonial insurgencies.

Lauren Thompson is an Assistant Professor of History at McKendree University. She is the author of Friendly Enemies: Soldier Fraternization during the American Civil War (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2020)a chapter in an edited volume entitled A Forgotten Front: Florida during the Civil War Era (Alabama University Press, 2018), and an article in Civil War History.

Evan Turiano is a PhD Candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He’s received fellowships from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Nau Center for Civil War History.

Susannah J. Ural is Professor of History and co-director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. A socio-military historian of the U.S. Civil War era, Ural serves the Society for Military History as a member of its Board of Trustees and is former chair of the Journal of Military History editorial board.

Gregory J. W. Urwin is a professor of history at Temple University and a former president of the Society for Military History. He is writing a book titled When Freedom Wore a Red Coat: The British Invasions of Virginia, 1781.

Justin Vance is currently serving as Dean of Arts and Humanities at the College of Western Idaho. Formally of Hawaii Pacific University, his research and publications have focused on the American Civil War in the Pacific and WWII in the Pacific.

Sarah Davis Westwood is an invited researcher in African Studies at the University of Lleida. She received her PhD from Boston University and is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation project, which discusses the military culture of precolonial West Africa.

Richard Wiersema is on the faculty at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. He has taught graduate-level PME courses in the USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.

Yuk Lum Jennifer Yip is a History PhD candidate focusing on modern East Asian history and global strategic thought. Her dissertation examines the Chinese Nationalist government’s grain procurement and transportation policies during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Thijs Brocades Zaalberg holds positions as Associate Professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy and Assistant Professor of Contemporary Military History at Leiden University. His research focuses on colonial warfare, counter-insurgency and peace operations and he is currently directing the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) project Comparing the Wars of Decolonization, 1945-1962.