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SMH Blogging Team

The Society has assembled a first-rate team of military history bloggers whose thoughts and musings appear on the SMH Blog.

SMH Blog Moderator/Administrator
Margaret Sankey is a Professor in the Political Science Department of Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she supervises a concentration in Strategic Studies.  Her dissertation was earned at Auburn University in 2002 under Dr. Daniel Szechi and later evolved into Jacobite Prisoners of the 1715 Rebellion:  Preventing and Punishing Insurrection in Early Hanoverian Britain (2005, Ashgate).  She is the coordinator for the SMH section of the Northern Great Plains History Conference and book review editor for H-War.  When not importuning military history colleagues or nagging graduate students, she spends too much research time with a family of well-connected, 300-year old Whig politicians.

SMH Blog Authors
Robert Bateman III is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and a veteran of multiple of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is the author of No Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident (2002) and editor of Digital War:  A View From the Front Lines (2003).  He is a contributor to Small Wars Journal Blog.

Mark Grimsley is an associate professor of history at The Ohio State University.  His works include The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 (1995), And Keep Moving On:  The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864 (2002), and Civilians in the Path of War (co-edited with Clifford J. Rogers, 2002).  From July 2008 through June 2010 he occupied the Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army War College.  Among other awards, he is the recipient of Ohio State’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.  He maintains Blog Them Out of the Stone Age, a blog devoted to academic military history and national security affairs.

Brett Holman is an independent historian from Melbourne, Australia. His research interests revolve around the place of aviation in British society and culture in the first half of the 20th century, in particular trying to understand how people responded to the threat of strategic bombing, the fabled ‘knock-out blow from the air’. He is currently working on a book based on his PhD thesis for Ashgate, tentatively entitled The Next War in the Air: Britain’s Fear of the Bomber, 1908-1941. His research blog is Airminded.

Jamel Ostwald received his Ph.D. in early modern European History from Ohio State (2002). He is Associate Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University and teaches a variety of courses on the early modern era, as well as several courses on early modern European military history. He has published on the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war, and his book Vauban under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession (Brill, 2007) won the SMH’s 2009 Book Award for Non-American History. He maintains a blog dedicated to early modern European military history, Skulking in Holes and Corners, and is currently working on a project on early modern English views of battle.

Brian Sandberg is an associate professor of history at Northern Illinois University who is interested in the intersections of religion, violence, and political culture during the European Wars of Religion. His monograph entitled, Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (2010), examines provincial nobles’ orchestration of civil warfare in southern France in the early seventeenth century. He has served as a Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Medici Archive Project, and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. Sandberg has published a number of articles and essays on religious violence, civil conflict, and noble culture in early modern France, and is currently working on a new book project on A Virile Courage: Gender and Violence in the French Wars of Religion. He maintains Historical Perspectives, a blog devoted to war in early modern Europe.