The Ohio State University

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Degrees Offered:
MA and PhD
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Dr. Mark Grimsley
Department of History
The Ohio State University
363 Dulles Hall
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1367
(614) 292-1855

Military History Faculty
Mark Grimsley
B.A., The Ohio State University, 1982; M.A., University of London, 1985; Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1992.

Professor Grimsley teaches American military history with an emphasis on the Civil War. He is the author of The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 (New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1995), which won the Lincoln Prize. Professor Grimsley co-authored Warfare in the Western World, the military history textbook in use at the U.S. Military Academy. Other works include Civilians in the Path of War (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002) (with Clifford J. Rogers); The Collapse of the Confederacy (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001) (with Brooks D. Simpson); And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002), Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999) (with Brooks D. Simpson), and Shiloh: A Battlefield Guide (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006) (with Steven E. Woodworth). He also maintains, a web site focusing on academic military history. Blog Them Out of the Stone Age, a weblog associated with the site, received the 2005 Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog. In May 1994 the OSU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta gave him its Clio Award for Distinguished Teaching in History. Professor Grimsley also received the Ben Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching from the College of Humanities in 1997 and the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999. Prof. Grimsley is currently Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army War College.
John F. Guilmartin, Jr.
B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1962; M.A., 1969; Ph.D., 1971, Princeton University.

Professor Guilmartin is an authority on military history, maritime history, and the history of technology. He is an early modern Europeanist whose research focuses primarily on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He also is interested in aerospace history and has written about the Vietnam war and the Gulf war. Professor Guilmartin is well known for his Gunpowder and Galleys: Changing Technology and Mediterranean Warfare in the Sixteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974; 2nd, revised, edition, London: Conway Maritime Press, 2003). More recently he has published Galleons and Galleys (London: Cassell, 2002) "The Cutting Edge: An Analysis of the Spanish Invasion and Overthrow of the Inca Empire, 1532-1539 (Kenneth J. Andrien and Rolena Adorno, eds., Transatlantic Encounters: Europeans and Andeans in the Sixteenth Century; Berkeley, University of California Press, 1991): 40-69 and A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, 1995).
Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is the General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History at the Ohio State University. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq.

In the early 1990’s Colonel Mansoor attended graduate school at the Ohio State University, after which he taught military history at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During this period he authored a monograph on the combat performance of U.S. Army infantry divisions in Europe during World War II. The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945 was published by the University Press of Kansas on the 55th anniversary of D-Day and was awarded the Society for Military History distinguished book award and the Army Historical Society distinguished book award in 2000. Colonel Mansoor commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division from 2003 to 2005, to include 13 months in combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2003 to July 2004. He has captured the essence of the experience of his brigade’s deployment and the difficulties of the U.S. war in Iraq during the crucial first year of conflict in a personal memoir, Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq, published in September 2008 by Yale University Press.

Dr. Mansoor holds a Masters and PhD in military history from the Ohio State University, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Alpha Theta.
Geoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History.

Born in Nottingham, England, in 1943, Parker and studied history at Christ’s College Cambridge (BA 1965; Ph.D. 1968; Litt.D. 1981) After teaching at the Universities of Cambridge, St Andrews (Scotland) and British Columbia (Canada), he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and to Yale University in 1993 before joining the faculty of the OSU History Department in January 1997. Parker teaches courses on the Reformation, European history and military history at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has directed 6 Senior Honors essays and 26 Doctoral Dissertations (with 6 more in progress.) In 2006 he won an OSU Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award Parker studies the social, political and military history of Europe between 1500 and 1650, with special reference to Spain and its empire. His first book was The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road. The logistics of Spanish victory and defeat in the Low Countries Wars, 1567-1659 (1972; revised edition 2004). He then published a biography of Philip II (1978, third edition 2002; translated into Spanish, Czech, Dutch, Italian and Polish); The Grand Strategy of Philip II (1998); and, with Colin Martin The Spanish Armada, first published in 1988 (the 400th anniversary), with a revised and expanded edition in 1999. Other books on early modern Europe include Europe in Crisis, 1598-1648 (1979; new edition, 2000), The Dutch Revolt (revised edition, 1984; Spanish, German and Dutch translations), and The Thirty Years’ War (revised edition, 1997; French, German and Spanish translations). His best-known book is probably The Military Revolution. Military innovation and the rise of the West, 1500-1800,first published by Cambridge University Press in 1988 and winner of two book prizes. An expanded edition came out in 2002, with Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish translations. He has also published a new edition of The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare, taking the narrative and analysis down to 2007.
Jennifer Siegel joined the OSU Department of History in the fall of 2003. She received her B.A. and her Ph.D. from Yale University, the latter in 1998.

A recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including an Olin Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and a Smith Richardson Foundation Junior Faculty Fellowship, Dr. Siegel specializes in modern European diplomatic and military history, with a focus on the British and Russian Empires. She is the author of Endgame: Britain, Russia and the Final Struggle for Central Asia (I.B. Tauris, 2002), which won the 2003 AAASS Barbara Jelavich Prize. She has published articles on intelligence history, and co-edited Intelligence and Statecraft : The Use and Limits of Intelligence in International Society (Praeger, 2005).

Professor Siegel teaches classes on European diplomatic and military history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, international relations, comparative empires, modern intelligence history, the origins of wars, and the history of oil. Before coming to Ohio State, Dr. Siegel taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, Yale, and Bennington College. Her current research projects include an exploration of British and French private and government bank loans to Russia in the late imperial period up to the Genoa Conference of 1922, tentatively entitled "Peace and Money."

Updated 6/09

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