Gregory Stern received his B.A. in history from the University of Virginia in 2003, and had the privilege to have Dr. Gary Gallagher as his undergraduate advisor for his history major. Gregory's time at U.Va. kindled his interest in Civil War history and military history in general. He also studied anthropology that sparked his study of the history of science and technology. From 2003 to 2005, at James Madison University, Gregory wrote his M.A. thesis on “Civil War Naval Technology.” At JMU, under the guidance of Dr. P. David Dillard, he was fortunate to attend and present at his first professional history conference (Ohio Valley) in 2004.
Dr. Dillard pointed Gregory in the direction of his current doctoral history program at Florida State University, where he studies under the guidance of Dr. Michael Creswell. Thanks to Dr. Creswell, Dr. Kristine Harper, and Dr. Ronald Doel, Gregory has become more immersed in the theories of military history and science/technology history. As of Spring 2011, Gregory is ABD and tracing the influences of ironclad warship technology in the Civil War from the early nineteenth-century to the end of the war—following how the Union and Confederate naval personnel came to use such inventions and lessons they learned putting the ships through combat. Gregory has continued to participate in professional opportunities—including book reviews, an encyclopedia article contribution, presenting at the Society for Military History conference at Arlington, Va. in May 2012, and the honor of being a West Point Summer Seminar fellow in June 2012.
In Fall 2012, he was privileged to be the first recipient of the Mark Grimsley Social Media Fellowship. He has since been working for the Society for Military History as the operator of the Society’s official Twitter account—as a part of the Social Media Team.