Kansas State University

Department Web Site:
Degrees Offered:
MA and PhD
Point of Contact:
Professor Michael Krysko (Department Chairperson)
Department of History
117-D Calvin Hall
802 Mid-Campus Dr. South
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-1002

Military History Faculty
David A. Graff (PhD, Princeton University, 1995) - Pickett Chair of Military History
- Chinese and Japanese Military History
- Medieval Warfare
Michael A. Krysko (PhD, Stony Brook University, 2001)
- World War II and the Pacific War
- Technology and Communications
- Sino-Japanese-US Relations
- War and Society
Heather McCrea (PhD, Stony Brook University, 2002)
- The Caste War (Mexico)
- Disease, Public Health, and War
- War and Society
Donald J. Mrozek (PhD, Rutgers University, 1972)
- American Military History
- Airpower
- U.S. in Southeast Asia
Andrew Orr (PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2007)
- French and European Military History
- Imperial history in the Middle East and Africa
- World War I
- World War II
- War and Society
Mark Parillo (PhD, Ohio State University, 1987)
- U.S. Military History
- World War II
Mary Elizabeth Walters (PhD, University of North Carolina, 2019)
- Humanitarian Interventions
- Peacekeeping
- 1999 Kosovo Refugee Crisis
- The Balkans
- Cultural Approaches to Military History
Library Strengths
The Special Collections division of Hale Library at Kansas State University has a particular strength in military history. The Military History Collection (http://www.lib.k-state.edu/military-history) includes major gifts from dozens of individuals that document U.S. conflicts from throughout US History. Holdings include letters, diaries, and oral histories, and has particular emphases on the Civil War and World War II. Special Collections is also the official repository for the records of the Society for Military History. In addition to the strengths of our Special Collections, Hale Library prioritizes military history in its purchase of books and monographs for general circulation.
Additional Information
The study of military history at Kansas State University offers opportunities to explore thesis or doctoral projects in the realm of traditional military history or projects focused more broadly on war and society in conjunction with our other thematic emphases, which include science and technology studies, environmental and agricultural history, religious history, and gender studies. Our military history program also has strong ties to Kansas State University’s interdisciplinary Security Studies graduate program that the Department of History and Department of Political Science collaboratively administer. Our courses are also available at Fort Leavenworth in eastern Kansas, where their classrooms are linked to our campus classrooms via state-of-the-art video conferencing technology that allows for seminar-style discussions to seamlessly unfold across both locations. The History Department offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships that come with a full tuition waiver and a $17,000 stipend. The presidential libraries of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, as well the Fort Riley Museums, are all in close proximity to Kansas State University; each of those institutions offer a wealth of archival collections that can support a vast array of potential thesis or doctoral projects. Several departmentally-based scholarships can help support travel and research to more distantly-located collections. In 2018, such awards provided more than $15,000 to eligible graduate students seeking such support.

Updated 3/19

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