Society for Military History
Candidates for Trustees
Members shall vote for six of the following candidates:
Mary Kathryn Barbier
Present Position: Professor of History, Mississippi State University.
Education: Ph.D.,University of Southern Mississippi, (History). M.S., Loyola University, 1990 (Secondary Education); M.A., Louisiana State University, 1983 (American History); B.A., University of New Orleans, 1979 (History).
Special Appointments: Co-director, War in History; Co-series editor, a six-volume Cultural History of War, under contract with Bloomsbury Academic; Co-director, SWWRG, NA (Second World War Research Group, North America); Board of Editors, U.S. Military History Review; Area editor, Oxford Bibliographies: Military History.
SMH Activities and Service: Membership Committee, 2007-2009; Solicited support from the SMH for the SWWRG, NA “Changing Landscapes: The Environment of the Second World War” workshop, hosted by the Department of History, Mississippi State University, September 2018; Solicited support from the SMH for the Fifth Regional International Security/Internal Safety (IS/IS) Conference, hosted by the Department of History, Mississippi State University, April 2011; Solicited support for the first regional International Security/Internal Safety Conference, hosted by the Department of History, Mississippi State University, March 2007; Presented research at the SMH Annual Conference on a regular basis since 2003.
Representative Publications: Spies, Lies, and Citizenship: The Hunt for Nazi Criminals. Lincoln, NE: Potomac/University of Nebraska Press, 2017.; I Worked Alone: Diary of a Double Agent in World War II Europe. By Lily Sergueiew. Edited. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2014; Culture, Power, and Security: New Directions in the History of National and International Security. Co-edited with Richard Damms. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012; America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation. Co-edited with Andrew Wiest and Glenn Robins. New York: Routledge Press, 2010; D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion. Paperback edition. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2009. Hardback edition. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2007; America’s Armed Forces: The U.S. Army. Milwaukee, WI: World Almanac Library, 2005; Kursk: The Greatest Tank Battle Ever Fought 1943. Part of the Campaigns in World War II Series. Hinckley: Ian Allan Publishing/Amber Books, 2002. Also published in five other languages; Strategy and Tactics: Infantry Warfare: The Theory and Practice of Infantry Combat in the 20th Century. Co-written with Andrew Wiest. Staplehurst: Spellmount Publishers, 2002; “Commemoration.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Military History. Ed. Dennis Showalter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. This is a revised, updated version of the 2012 publication; ‘War in the West, 1943-1945.’ In The Cambridge History of The Second World War: Fighting the War. Edited by Professors John Ferris and Evan Mawdsley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015; “Cold War 1945-1990.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Military History. Ed. Dennis Showalter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013; “‘Clash of the Titans’: Law vs. Deception in World War II Britain.’ In Arms and the Man: Military History Essays in Honor of Dennis Showalter. Edited by Michael S. Neiberg. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2011; “Deception and Planning of D-Day.” Normandy 1944: Sixty Years On. Edited by John Buckley. London: Frank Cass Press, 2006; “Marshal and Montgomery: Promoters of Military Professionalism.” Defence Studies Journal. 8:3 (September 2008): 369-380; “George C. Marshall and the 1940 Louisiana Maneuvers.” Reprinted in the International Library of Essays in Military History: US 1865-Present, ed. Jeffery A. Charleston. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2006; “D-Day: Planning, High Command, and Deception.” Everyone’s War. 9 (Spring/Summer 2004): 29-34.
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: American Military History; World War II; Intelligence History; American History
Candidate Statement: I am running for SMH Trustee because, more than any other historical organization, the SMH is an important part of my academic life. I attended my first SMH conference in 2000, when the meeting was held at the Marine Corps University, in Quantico, Virginia. Ever since that meeting, with a rare exception, I have been a consistent attendee and participant. Every year I look forward to the meeting because of the interesting scholarship that is presented, the stimulating conversations, and the vast opportunity for academic engagement and networking. I have benefited from my membership in the SMH in more ways than I can explain, and I want to show my appreciation by serving the organization. While I have served on the Membership Committee in the past, that is not enough. The best way that I can serve the SMH is to become a trustee.
Douglas E. Delaney
Present Position: Canada Research Chair in War Studies, Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada.
Education: PhD, RMC of Canada (2003); MA, RMC of Canada (2000); BA, RMC of Canada (1987).
Special Appointments: Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in War Studies, RMC, 2015-present; Visiting Fellow Changing Character of War Centre, Oxford University, 2016; Chair of War Studies, 2007-2013; Special Assistant to the Principal, 2008-2009; Professor in Charge, Military and Strategic Studies Program, 2004-2006.
SMH Activities and Service: Member, 2011-present.
Representative Publications: The Imperial Army Project: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1902-1945 (Oxford, 2017); Military Education and the British Empire, 1815–1949 (UBC Press, 2018); Turning Point 1917: The British Empire at War (UBC Press, 2017); Capturing Hill 70: Canada’s Forgotten Battle of the First World War (UBC Press, 2016); “The Eighth Army at the Gothic Line, August-September 1944: A Study in Staff Compatibility and Coalition Command.” War in History (2018); “Army Apostles: Imperial Officers on Loan and the Standardization of the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Armies, 1904-1914.” War in History (2016), “Mentoring the Canadian Corps: Imperial Officers and the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918.” Journal of Military History (2013); Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-1945 (University of British Columbia Press, 2011); The Soldiers’ General: Bert Hoffmeister at War (UBC Press, 2005).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: Canadian Military and Diplomatic History; Military History of the British Empire and Commonwealth; Second World War; First World War.
Candidate Statement: I would be honoured and consider it a great privilege to serve the Society for Military History (SMH) as a member of the Board of Trustees. The SMH has long been the most important organization for promoting scholarship in the field of military history and connecting with citizens interested in the history of armed conflict. I believe that the trustees and officers of the SMH should do their utmost to ensure that the society continues to perform these vital functions, builds on its strengths, and even enhances its position as the home for military historians around the World. The society’s many awards, prizes, and fellowships should continue to reward and encourage excellence in the research, writing, and teaching of military history. And there will always be scope to attract new talent and approaches, particularly from outside the United States, by strengthening existing relationships with other historical associations and research centres. I would welcome the opportunity to assist in these pursuits.
Cameron D. McCoy
Present Position: Assistant Professor of U.S. Diplomatic/Military and 20th Century History at Brigham Young University.
Education: B.A., Brigham Young University (2002); M.A., Texas A&M University (2011); Ph.D., the University of Texas at Austin (2017).
Special Appointments: Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History, Department of History, United States Military Academy at West Point, 2016–2017; Commander’s Award for Public Service & Public Service Commendation Medal, 2017; Marine Corps Heritage Foundation: General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Memorial Fellow, 2016; Marine Corps Heritage Foundation: Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Fellow, 2010; Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholar, 2010–2013.
SMH Activities and Service: Member (2009–Present), Panelist (2012, 2019).
Representative Publications: “The Marines of Montford Point and their Struggle for Legitimacy in Jim Crow America.” Rowan Technology, New York, NY (2017); “Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief & Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations,” Keystone Battle Series: Marine Corps History Division, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia (2017); Co-Authored Chapter, “We Are AAMRI: Redefining Black Male Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin,” Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging African-American Males at Select Prestigious Research Universities: Challenges and Opportunities in Academics and Sports (Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2018); “Shifting Tides: A Clarion Call For Inclusion and Social Justice.” Dialogue 51.3 (Fall 2018).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: American Military History/War & Society; 20th and 21st Century Conflict; World War II; African Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces; Peace, Security, and American Warmaking; Leadership and Modern Warfare; Modern Military History and Thought.
Candidate Statement: I believe in the sound academic reputation of the SMH and the good path it remains in strengthening and even enhancing its influence through encouragement and support of scholarship that links the various methods of historical inquiry. In addition to highlighting the tools and perspectives for exploration of the military and wartime histories that span all geographic regions and chronological periods the Society has, and is, drawing greater appeal among diverse establishments. This particular form of outreach lends itself to broadening and developing cross-organizational ties with other historical associations, institutions, and scholars outside the SMH. Moreover, this will facilitate interest in the Society’s activities, pursuits, and overall scholarship.
Moreover, the SMH will continue to benefit by continuing to foster a balanced treatment and approach to scrupulous teaching across the spectrum of military history. Further, by recognizing members of the historical profession—at all levels—and eliciting scholarly participation, allows for the facilitation of access to first-class models, sources, and strategies, which I look forward to advocating.
Geoffrey P. Megargee
Present Position: Senior Applied Research Scholar, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, since 2000. Primary duty: Project Director and General Editor for the USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos.
Education: BA, History, St. Lawrence University, 1981; MA, European History, San Jose State University, 1991; PhD, Military History, Ohio State University, 1998.
Special Appointments: Member, Department of the Army Historical Advisory Subcommittee, 2015 to present, Treasurer, United States Commission on Military History, 2006-2016; Presidential Counselor, National World War II Museum, 2006-2012.
SMH Activities and Service: Member, Program Committee, 2002 Annual Conference Member, Nominating Committee, 2008; Chair, Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant and ABC-Clio Research Grant Committee, 2010-13; Trustee, 2013-2015 (by appointment, filling in for William Allison).
Representative Publications: Inside Hitler’s High Command, 2000 (winner of the SMH Distinguished Book Award, 2001); War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941 (2006); Ed.: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, vol 1; Early Camps, Youth Camps, and Concentration Camps and Subcamps of the SS-Business Administration Main
Office (WVHA) (2009); “Germany Moves East: Operation Barbarossa and the Beginnings of the Final Solution,” in Clifford Rogers and Ty Seidule, eds., The West Point History of Warfare.
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: The Second World War and the Holocaust; Military History, general.
Candidate Statement: I believe that the Society is in an excellent position. We have been growing by leaps and bounds. The breadth our interests and the quality of our scholarship are unsurpassed. We also remain a highly collegial organization: I know of no other that is so open and welcoming to anyone with an interest in the field. Internally, the Society has made great strides. We have outstanding leadership and a professional staff. We finally have systems in place to manage our finances and personnel properly. The decision to bring on conference organizing firm was also much needed.
With all that said, there is a lot going on behind the scenes that requires hard work on the part of the organization’s leadership, including the Trustees. To an extent, we are the victims of our own rapid growth. A lot of our policies and procedures are outmoded, or not set down at all. We urgently need to update our constitution and create bylaws, and our committees need to complete the work of rationalizing and recording their practices. The perception exists among some members that a small clique runs the Society. That needs to change, and we can do so by standardizing our practices and making the governing process clearer. We also face some big decisions regarding the Journal: where will it be published, and who will run it after Bruce Vandervort’s retirement? The Trustees need to take a more active role in all these spheres, and in communicating with the membership.
I also believe we should continue to reach out beyond our community, by reinforcing ties with other professional organizations and disciplines. Our field does not always receive the respect it deserves in academe, either from professors or students. We should try harder to change the perceptions that have led to that state of affairs. The White Paper that we issued a few years back was an excellent initiative; we might want to update it. This will also help to grow and develop our membership. We may also want to consider new ways to make use of our sizeable financial resources to expand and support the field.
If elected Trustee, I will devote my time and energy to these issues. I have already worked for the Society in several roles, and hope to continue to contribute to our success.
Present Position: Associate Professor, Military History; Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict which includes the world-renowned Vietnam & Center Archive, Texas Tech University.
Education: B.S. Industrial Relations, Wayne State University (1967), M.B.A. Marketing and Management, Wayne State University (1968), M.A. Political Science, Wayne State University (1981), Ph.D. History, University of Houston (2004).
Special Appointments: Inducted into Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning, GA, (2015); Named to the Content Advisory Committee for Education Center at “The Wall” in Washington D.C. (2012); Fulbright Scholar to Vietnam (2012); Taught Study Abroad in S.E. Asia 9 of last 12 years; Taught U.S. Foreign Policy in Vietnam (2012, 2018) and China (2012); Peace & Conflict Series Editor, Texas Tech Press (current); Organized 1967 & 1968 Vietnam Conferences at Texas Tech.
SMH Activities and Service: Chair, Membership Committee, (2017-current); Presented papers at 10 of 15 conferences; Chaired or commented on panels at 8 conferences; Directed/Mentored 3 recipients of Russell Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Awards.
Representative Publications: The Vietnam War in Popular Culture: The Influence of America’s Most Controversial War on Everyday Life, Two Volumes (ABC-CLIO, 2016); Not a Gentleman’s War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War (University of North Carolina Press 2009, paperback 2012); “1967: The Era of Big Battles in Vietnam” in The New York Times, (January 10, 2017); “Forward” in The Texas Liberators: Veteran Narratives From World War II (Texas Tech Press, 2017); “The Military Advisor in Vietnam” in Beyond the Quagmire (University of North Texas Press, 2019).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: The Vietnam War, The History of “Small Wars,” World War II, The Cold War.
Candidate Statement: I humbly submit my application to serve as a Trustee for SMH. My particular interest in serving is to continue to emphasize the need to create the next generation of military historians, which I have done at Texas Tech University for 14 years. I have “hooded” 6 Ph.D. military history students, all of whom are currently employed in academia or elsewhere, including the Pentagon and the Harvard Kennedy School. I currently chair 14 doctoral dissertation committees and 13 Masters Thesis committees and many of these students have presented papers at SMH over the past 12 years. Three of my students have been honored as recipients of the Russell Weigley Travel Grants.
I currently serve as the Chair of the Membership Committee and have worked with the President toward creating a membership survey that would help the officers and trustees establish policy for attracting members who will take active roles in furthering the goals of the Society. I firmly believe that our future rests with the men and women who are currently studying military history – broadly defined – at universities across the globe, and I wish to be involved in that effort as a Trustee of SMH.
Lisa M. Mundey
Present Position: Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department, University of St. Thomas, Houston.
Education: B.A. Notre Dame College of Ohio (1998); M.A. Kansas State University (2000); Ph.D. Kansas State University (2006).
Special Appointments: Lecturer at the War, Violence, and Society Working Group at the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University (2018); Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecturer in Military History (2013).
SMH Activities and Service: Society for Military History Program Committee (2009, 2016, 2018), Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Awards Committee (2010 – 2013).
Representative Publications: “‘Bilko’s Bombers’: Anti-Militarism in the Age of the ‘New Look’” in Living-Room Wars: American Militarism on the Small Screen (2016). “The Combatants’ Experiences” in Understanding the US Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2015); American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Media, 1945-1970 (2012).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: US military, war, and society; Cold War; US War in Afghanistan.
Candidate Statement: When I started graduate school, there were two women in my military history program. From my very first SMH conference, Society members welcomed, supported, and encouraged me and my fellow graduate students in our studies and professional endeavors. Thankfully, in the intervening years, the number of women and young scholars in the Society has grown considerably. I firmly believe our membership has grown because we are an open, inclusive, supportive professional organization. As a trustee of the Society, I would dedicate myself to continuing the initiatives to increase diversity and participation to support the coming generation of scholars.
In my career, I have had the opportunity to work as a civilian Federal historian as well as an academic one. Our organization is rightly inclusive of civilian, military, government, academic, and independent scholars as well as those engaged in professional military education. The Society is stronger when it draws membership from across government history offices, academic institutions from community colleges through research universities, and the professional military schools. There is room, I believe, for K-12 educators as well. As a trustee, I would support and strengthen the Society’s engagement across these institutions.
At a time when there are budget cuts across academia and the government, we must be good stewards of the Society’s resources. Increased membership and community engagement can bolster our financial resources, allowing us to remain sustainable. We must also be mindful of the costs associated with attending our annual conference, as travel funds and institutional support for conference attendance are not available for all members. We must strive for affordability for the greatest number of members, particularly graduate students and early career scholars. As a trustee, I would engage with members to find innovative ways to keep conference costs affordable.
Over the years, I have been a contributing member of the Society. I have delivered papers, served as chair and commentator on numerous panels and roundtables, and worked diligently on annual conference program committees. Our organization is best when we all volunteer our time and energy to support the Society and each other. It would be an honor to continue my service to the Society as a trustee.
Robyn L. Rodriguez
Present Position: Senior Researcher, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Education: B.A. Eastern Connecticut State University (2005); M.A. The Ohio State University (2008); Ph.D. The Ohio State University (2011).
Special Appointments: Vice President of the U.S. Commission on Military History (January 2018-present); Treasurer of the U.S. Commission on Military History (November 2016-November 2018); U.S. Representative on the Bibliography Committee of the International Commission on Military History (September 2015-present); Manfred Woerner Seminar for Transatlantic Security (2017); Oak Ridge Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (2011-2012); Fulbright Fellow in Germany (2010-2011); West Point Summer Seminar (2010).
SMH Activities and Service: Recipient of the Russell F. Weigley Travel Grant (2009) and ABC-CLIO Research Grant (2011); Panelist (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018); Provided a research guide to the Bundesarchiv-Militaerarchiv (2010).
Representative Publications: Author of over 20 historical reports for identification packets of U.S. service members missing from World War II; “German Technology and the Origins of World War II in East Asia,” in Technology, Violence, and War: Essays in Honor of John F. Guilmartin, Jr. (Brill, Forthcoming).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: German military history; the World Wars; air war; POW/MIAs; memory and commemoration.
Candidate Statement: Service on the Society for Military History (SMH) Board of Trustees would be a welcome opportunity to contribute to the organization that has fostered my intellectual and professional growth. I have been a member of the society since 2006. As a graduate student, I received the Russell F. Weigley travel grant to present the early stages of my dissertation research and subsequently, received an ABC-CLIO research grant that supported the last stages of archival research to complete my dissertation. As a trustee, I would encourage SMH to continue its support for graduate students and recent PhDs both financially and in terms of mentorship programs.
In looking to the next generation of military historians, we need to be cognizant of the realities of the rapidly changing job market with many historians now considering careers outside of academia. SMH members have traditionally been ahead of the curve in job placement outside the university setting with many finding employment in the U.S. government, museums, or archives. As a historian for the Department of Defense, I represent the many SMH members who have established successful careers outside the traditional academic setting. The Society can leverage its members with careers outside of academia for public outreach to expand membership and conference attendance.
In recent years, largely as part of initiatives by the late Jeffrey Grey, SMH has enhanced its international connections, especially to the Commonwealth; however, SMH needs to expand beyond the Anglo-American realm. Since 2012, I have been a member of the U.S. Commission on Military History (USCMH), which fosters an international approach to military history and serves as the conduit to the International Commission on Military History (ICMH). As vice president of the USCMH and through participation in international conferences, I have established contacts with a number of the delegations from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. As an SMH trustee, I would promote closer ties between SMH and the ICMH to encourage greater intellectual exchange between military historians across the globe.
Present Position: Associate Director, Cornell in Washington; Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell History Department.
Education: BA, Cornell University, (1990), Ph.D, Duke University, (1999).
Special Appointments: Series Editor for “Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History” with Cornell University Press (2017 – present); H-War List Editor (2003 – present); Consulting Historian and Commentator for A&E Television, The History Channel, the British Broadcasting Company, the Science Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and Lucasfilm (2007- present); Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Alvernia University (2005-2006); H-Net Council (2006-2009); West Point Summer Seminar (2007).
SMH Activities and Service: Conference Program Committee (2009-2010); Social Networking Committee (2011 – 2013); Chair, Committee on Education and Professional Development (2016 – present).
Representative Publications: The British Working Class and Enthusiasm for War, 1914-1916 (London: Frank Cass, 2004); A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 (New York: Hill & Wang, 2007); The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China, 1900 (New York: Hill & Wang, 2012).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: The era of total war, 1865-1945; Insurgent warfare, 1865-1945; Britain in the First World War.
Candidate Statement: I joined the Society for Military History my first semester of graduate school back in 1991 and immediately knew that I had found my home community. Military historians tend to be widely spread through academia, the military, government, the United States and internationally, and the SMH has become the organization that serves as our gathering space, whether at the annual conference, in the pages of the Journal of Military History, or in all the other varied activities the Society creates. I believe strongly that that sense is created by its members, and I want to give back to that community by helping it thrive and always continue to improve and invigorate itself.
Paul J. Springer
Present Position: Professor of Comparative Military Studies and Chair, Department of Research, Air Command and Staff College, Air University.
Education: B.S. Texas A&M University (1997); M.A. University of Northern Iowa (1998); Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2006).
Special Appointments: Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute (2014-Present); Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy at West Point (2006-2009).
SMH Activities and Service: Member (2002-Present); Panelist (2004; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018); Co-Organizer SMH Annual Conference (Montgomery, 2015); Annual Conference Program Coordinator (2015); Annual Conference Exhibitor Coordinator (2015); Membership Committee Member (2006-2009); Journal of Military History Manuscript Reviewer (2007-Present).
Representative Publications: America’s Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (Kansas, 2010); Military Robots and Drones (ABC-CLIO, 2013); Transforming Civil War Prisons: Lincoln, Lieber, and the Laws of War, with Glenn Robins (Routledge, 2014); Cyber Warfare (ABC-CLIO, 2015); 9/11 and the War on Terror: A Documentary History (Greenwood, 2016); Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare (ABC-CLIO, 2017); Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotics Revolution (Prager, 2018).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: Military History; Prisoners of War; Military Robotics; Cyber Warfare; History of Technology; Terrorism Studies.
Candidate Statement: As noted in the SMH Articles of Incorporation (1938), the Society for Military History exists to stimulate and advance the study of military history, without regard for eras or geographical limitations. Military history examines a unique aspect of the human condition, the preparation and execution of organized conflict between states, societies, and non-state actors. The actions and individuals examined by military historians have an inherent ability to change the course of human history, and the subjects of our study often illustrate both the best and the worst of human behaviors. Not surprisingly, this can lead to a substantial amount of disagreement, controversy, and occasionally discord within the practitioners of military history. Yet, the SMH offers a venue for interested parties from all walks of life to present their ideas, analyze the offerings of others, and carry on a valuable and fulfilling discourse.
In the future, it is my contention that the SMH should seek to remain a welcoming institution that promotes professional dialogues without rancor or partisanship. The society must remain an apolitical institution focused upon its purpose—wading into issues beyond the purview of society has a distinct tendency to alienate members, without any evidence of corresponding gains, and as a result, undermines the purpose of the organization. That said, the SMH is a vital mechanism for mentoring junior colleagues in the norms of the discipline, to include the expectations of public presentation, writing and publication, and maintaining a collegial discussion despite significant disagreements in approach and analysis. I suggest that the SMH should undertake to publish a guide of organizational norms for new members—such a work might help the novices within our community to understand the different ways to play a positive role in the SMH.
The SMH of the past two decades has been the most junior-friendly academic society of any that I have experienced. The deliberate effort to include young scholars on academic panels, committees, and as a part of the scholarly discussion of military history has been first-rate. This is due in large part to the distinct efforts at outreach and support—and these efforts must continue for the organization to have a viable future.
I recommend that the society continue efforts to create strategic partnerships with related historical societies—in particular, inviting presentations from other groups as part of the Presidential Panel system at the annual conference creates valuable relationships that open up new avenues of scholarship and demonstrate the approaches taken by members of other historical sub-disciplines. We must remain diligent in our efforts to diversify our membership, our leadership, and our participation in conferences, to include recognizing that military history is not the sole purview of traditional scholars, of full-time researchers, or of the uniformed services—we need to be inclusive of people from all walks of life who are interested in military history.
The SMH should make a deliberate effort to contact former members of the society who have left the organization, and encourage them to return to the SMH. This type of outreach requires a deft personal touch—but too many of our members have reported feeling alienated or marginalized by the behaviors of a few of our members, and we should be diligent in our good-faith efforts to include them once more.
Susannah J. Ural
Present Position: Professor of History & co-director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, University of Southern Mississippi.
Education: B.A. University of Vermont (1995); M.A. Kansas State University (1997); Ph.D. Kansas State University (2002).
Special Appointments: The Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, University of Southern Mississippi (2015-2017); The Blount Professor of Military History, Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, University of Southern Mississippi (2013-2015); Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee (2011); Vice President, Mississippi Historical Society (2016-2017); President, Mississippi Historical Society (2017-2018).
SMH Activities and Service: Chair of the Editorial Board, The Journal of Military History, 2014-present (member of the editorial board 2006-2014); Membership Committee, 2013-present; Co-organizer (along with Dale Center colleagues at Southern Miss) of the 2013 SMH annual meeting; SMH Program Committee, 2012.
Representative Publications: The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865 (2006); Editor and contributor, Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity and Identity in America’s Bloodiest Conflict (2010); Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: Soldiers and Families in America’s Civil War (2013); Hood's Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy's Finest Combat Unit (2017).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: Military History/War and Society, American Civil War, Nineteenth-century U.S.
Candidate Statement: This is an exciting time to be a part of the SMH as we work to better serve the Society’s and our members’ needs in a number of ways, including continuing our commitment to advancing active scholarly engagement in the field; assuring that the study of military history remains relevant to citizens, educators, members of the armed forces, and policymakers; helping recent graduates find employment in a challenging job market; and growing our organization by engaging new groups of potential members, including the large veteran population in this country. I have been a member of the SMH for nearly thirty years and have served the organization in several capacities: as a regional coordinator, as chair (currently) and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Military History, as a member of the Society’s membership committee, and as one of the key organizers of the 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans. I will also bring considerable experience to the post from my service to other academic organizations, including my tenure as Vice President and President of the Mississippi Historical Society and my time on the editorial boards of Civil War History, War and Society, and The Journal of the Civil War Era. I believe this long history of professional service will allow me to offer both thoughtful counsel and fresh ideas to SMH leadership about the important issues facing the Society as we move forward.
Kara Dixon Vuic
Present Position: LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in 20th-Century America, Texas Christian University.
Education: BA Marshall University (1999), MA Indiana University (2001), PhD Indiana University (2006).
Special Appointments: Series Co-editor, “Studies in War, Society, and the Military,” University of Nebraska Press (2014-present); Lead Scholar for the National World War II Museum Summer Teacher Institute (2018); Organizer, LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt annual Symposium on War, Conflict, and Society at TCU (2015-present); Consultant, “With Good Reason” radio program on the Vietnam War (2017-2018); Advisory Board for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial to Eastern National (2015-present); Advisory Board, The American Soldier in World War II (2016-present); Consultant (on-camera), Partisan Pictures documentary “USO-For the Troops” (2016); Board of Directors, Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation (2013-2014); Organizer, “Making the World Safe for Democracy? Diversity in the First World War” Symposium at High Point University (2014); Organizer, Gender and Conflict workshop at High Point University (2014); Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Military Science (SAGE) (2009-2013); Book Review Editor, Minerva Journal of Women and War (2009-2012); Book Review Editor, H-Minerva (2004-2009); Editorial Assistant, American Historical Review (2001-2002).
SMH Activities and Service: Chair, Allan R. Millett Dissertation Research Fellowship Award Selection Committee (2018-29); Chair, 2018 Program Committee (2017-2018); Teaching Committee (2016-2017); 2016 and 2017 Program Committees (2015-2017).
Representative Publications: The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2019); Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010); The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military (Routledge, 2017); “Gender and the Military,” in At War: Militarism and U.S. Culture in the 20th Century and Beyond (2018); “Mobilizing Marriage and Motherhood: Military Families and Family Planning since World War II,” in Integrating the U.S. Military (2017); “American Women and World War II,” in The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, 1865 to the Present (2013); “Wartime Nursing and Power,” in The Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing (2013); “Where the Boys Are: Militarization, Sexuality, and Red Cross Donut Dollies,” in Gender and Conflict since 1914 (2012); “‘I’m afraid we’re going to have to just change our ways:’ Marriage, Motherhood, and Pregnancy in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War,” Signs 32, no. 4 (Summer 2007); “‘Officer. Nurse. Woman.:’ Army Nurse Corps Recruitment for the Vietnam War,” Nursing History Review 14 (2006).
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: U.S. military, war, and society; gender and war; 20th century U.S. history
Candidate Statement: I would be honored to serve on the SMH Board of Trustees. The SMH is a welcoming and nurturing professional organization, and I have been honored to serve it in many capacities. I served on the teaching committee and the 2016 and 2017 program committees, I chaired the 2018 program committee and inaugurated the online submission system, and I am now chair of the Millett dissertation fellowship committee. I am eager to assist in the organization’s continued growth, outreach to new members and other historical associations, and efforts to deepen scholarly interest in the ways that military history has framed the past and shaped the present.
Samuel J. Watson
Present Position: Professor of History, USMA.
Education: PhD, Rice University, 1996; B.A., History and Political Science, Indiana University, 1987.
SMH Activities and Service: Region II Coordinator, 2007-2012; Moncado Prize Committee, 2011-14; chair, Coffman Dissertation Prize Committee, 2014-17; attended all but three annual meetings since 2000.
Representative Publications: Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821-1846 (University Press of Kansas, 2013). Distinguished Book Award, Society for Military History, 2014; Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821 (Kansas, 2012); Editor and chapter author, The West Point History of the American Revolutionary War (Simon and Schuster, 2017); Editor, The West Point History of the Civil War (Simon and Schuster, 2014); Volume editor for North America to 1900, for The West Point History of Warfare (2013); Society for Military History/George C. Marshall Foundation Prize for the Use of Digital Technology Teaching Military History, 2016; “Military Learning and Adaptation Shaped by Social Context: The U.S. Army and Its ‘Indian Wars,’ 1790-1890,” Journal of Military History 82 (April 2018): 371-412; “Trusting to ‘the Chapter of Accidents’: Contingency, Necessity, and Self-Constraint in Jeffersonian National Security Policy,” Journal of Military History 76 (October 2012): 973-1000; Continuity in Civil-Military Relations and Expertise: The U.S. Army during the Decade before the Civil War,” Journal of Military History 75 (January 2011): 221-50; Historiography of “The U.S. Army to 1900,” in James C. Bradford, ed., The Blackwell Companion to American Military History (Blackwell, 2009), 338-59; “How the Army Became Accepted: West Point Socialization, Military Accountability, and the Nation-State during the Jacksonian Era,” American Nineteenth Century History 7 (June 2006): 217-49.
Area(s) of Historical Specialization: U.S. and U.S. military history, nineteenth-century U.S. Army, military professionalization, borderlands, state formation, civil-military relations.
Candidate Statement: The SMH has been growing in inclusiveness and efficiency, and I want to help continue those trends. We're doing better to help grad students afford the conference, and to support their research, and we have to sustain those improvements. One of the SMH's greatest strengths has been the variety of sessions in the annual conference, and I would like to work to help ensure that conference themes encourage coherence while not being too directive. I hope that my diversity of experience, in a small teaching school, focused on professional military education, as well as my past work in the West Point Summer Seminar and my ties with both PME and American historians outside the military history field, will complement the strengths of the other trustees and SMH leaders.