Seth Givens


Ohio University


Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer

Academic Interests:

U.S. Military History
U.S. Foreign Relations
Soviet History
War and Memory


Cold War Capital: The U.S. Military in Berlin, 1945-1994

Bio Note:

Seth Givens is a Ph.D. student studying U.S. military history at Ohio University.  His dissertation is an examination of the U.S. military in Berlin, from 1945-1994.  He hopes to answer how the U.S. Army's role in Berlin changed throughout the Cold War, and chart how their presence in the city shaped American foreign policy.  Prior to studying the Cold War, Seth researched the GI experience in the European Theater during the Second World War, particularly American soldiers and looting.  In 2009, he won the Society for Military History prize for best graduate student paper at the Northern Great Plains History Conference with parts of his thesis, "Bringing Back Memories: GIs, Souvenir Hunting, and Looting in Germany, 1945."  He has received grants and awards from Ohio University, the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst, the U.S. Army’s Military History Institute, and the Cantigny First Division Museum. In 2009, he was an interviewer for the Cantigny First Division Museum Oral History Project-II, interviewing veterans of the Big Red One from the Second World War to the Global War on Terror.  In spring 2011, he received a scholarship to attend the Canadian-American Battlefield Study of Sicily.

Added October 2011