Colin Colbourn


University of Southern Mississippi


Dr. Andrew Wiest

Academic Interests:

U.S. Marine Corps
The military in the Progressive era
Public Relations/Publicity/Advertising and the military
Military and the media
Civil-Military relations
Small wars/Interventions/Police-actions/Occupations



Bio Note:

Colin received his BS in History from Ball State University in 2007 with a minor in Anthropology.  From 2006-2009, Colin interned with the U.S. Marine Corps History Division in Quantico, Virginia, aiding the Chief Historian as well as Reference and Historical branch historians in researching and writing official Marine Corps history.  Colin received his MA from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009. Now ABD, Colin’s dissertation will combine social and institutional history in an analysis of the U.S. Marine Corps’ employment of public relations from the turn of the twentieth century through the Second World War.  During his time at Southern Miss, Colin has presented his research at conferences such as the SMH’s Annual Meeting, the Naval History Symposium, and the Meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association.  Other conference work included both chairing and organizing the 2009 Regional International Security and Internal Safety Conference, hosted at USM.  Colin also had the opportunity to participate in battlefield tours and studies of Italy, Sicily, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima and Vietnam.

Added May 2012