Master of Arts in History

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Program Director

David J. Ulbrich, PhD

Welcome to Norwich University's History Program

At Norwich the study of history is a crucial part of our mission. Norwich University is pleased to offer the Master of Arts in History. The Master of Arts in History program allows students to specialize in either American History or World History. Either specialization offers students a rigorous graduate education that challenges students to enhance their writing, analytical skills, and subject matter expertise and introduces them to the major historical themes and debates in their field of study. The curriculum is designed and taught by PhD subject matter experts experienced in graduate education.

Since 1819, Norwich has played an important role in American history: as the birthplace of ROTC, as an institution whose graduates have fought in every war since its founding, and as the leader among military schools in racial integration and the integration of women into its corps of cadets. Norwich is an institution of great history, substance, and pride.

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Dr. David J. Ulbrich was named the program director and associate professor in the Master of Arts in History and Military History programs in August 2017. He served as an adjunct instructor, course developer, and capstone advisor at Norwich University from 2007 until 2017, before he joined Norwich in his current capacity. Ulbrich earned his BA from University of Dayton, his MA from Ball State University, and his PhD from Temple University, all in history. Ulbrich's first book, Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Marine Corps, 1936-1943, won the “2012 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Prize” from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. More recently, Ulbrich and co-author Matthew S. Muehlbauer are publishing the second edition of Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Period to the 21st Century. Previously from 2009 to 2013, Ulbrich served as a civilian historian at the U.S. Army Engineer School in Missouri. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a historical consultant and on-air segment host for the award-winning “Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One” television documentary; and as co-director of the Cantigny First Division Oral History Project. Both these projects were funded by the McCormick Foundation.  

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Associate Program Director
Sandra Rotter, MPA

Sandy Rotter has worked in academia since 2001 at several schools and universities, including Arizona State University, Vermont Technical College and Vermont Law School. She earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Arizona State University in 2006 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Norwich University in 2009. She and her husband have been married for many years and have three children.

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Associate Program Director of Academics
John Broom, PhD

Dr. John "Doc" Broom served for many years as a scout and tank platoon sergeant in the US Army as well as a history instructor at the Armor School and the Command and General Staff College. Since 1991 he has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for several colleges and universities. Broom specializes in military change and transformation especially in the US, Great Britain, and Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has been the associate program director of the Norwich University Master in Military History program since 2007 and has been with the program as an instructor since its inception. He lives in rural southwest Missouri with his wife Lisa. Broom holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, an MA from Norwich University, and a PhD from Union Graduate School in Cincinnati.

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Student Services Advisor
Benjamin Sipe, MPA

As an undergraduate student at Norwich University, Benjamin Sipe was a member of the Corps of Cadets and graduated in 2005 with a BA in history. He went on to receive his master's degree in public administration from Norwich in 2010. He currently serves the Norwich University Online community as the Assistant Director of Student Services as well as the student service advisor for multiple master's programs. His role is to support the entire student services advisor team and their students. He looks forward to residency each year when he can meet all the students in person and share in their experience.
 

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Featured Faculty

Mitch Yockelson, PhD

Mitch Yockelson is a professor of military history in the graduate program at Norwich University and at the United States Naval Academy. He is an investigative archivist in the Office of the Inspector General at the National Archives and Records Administration, where he investigates the theft of historical documents.

Yockelson lectures internationally as one of the foremost authorities on World War I and has served as an on-screen consultant to the History Channel, PBS, and the Pentagon Channel. He has written numerous books, reviews, and articles, and his book Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command was named by the London Independent as one of the best books on military history in 2008.

He received an undergraduate degree in history from Frostburg State University, a master’s degree in history from George Mason University, and a doctorate degree in military history from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, U.K.

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John Votaw, PhD

Dr. John Votaw is the executive director emeritus of the Cantigny First Division Foundation, Wheaton, Illinois. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (1961), he commanded U.S. Army cavalry and armored units through the battalion level and served in Vietnam in 1966-67. Votaw directed the First Division Museum at Cantigny and the collocated Colonel Robert R. McCormick Research Center from 1986 to 2005. He was the general editor of the Cantigny Military History Series of books dealing with American military history and events related to the history of the 1st Infantry Division of the US Army. As the historian for the Society of the 1st Infantry Division, Votaw supervised the publication of the Society newspaper, The Bridgehead Sentinel, and advised the historical activities of the Society. Votaw completed his master's degree in history at the University of California, Davis, and his PhD at Temple University. He and his wife live in Illinois.

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Ginger R. Davis, PhD

Ginger R. Davis is a professor of history in the graduate program at Norwich University. Her areas of specialization include US Foreign Affairs, the Cold War, Vietnamese Studies, US Military History, and Race and Ethnicity (US and international). Davis also works as a consultant for Fulbright, Vietnam and leads Vietnam tours for the Smithsonian Institute. After teaching for nearly a decade in the international studies undergraduate programs at Hanoi University, Bach Khoa University, and Vietnam National University, Davis presently provides courses and workshops in Vietnam during the summers. She received an undergraduate degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a master’s degree in history from Texas Tech University, and her doctorate in history from Temple University.

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Faculty

Joseph Fischer, PhD
Hal M Friedman

Hal M. Friedman is the Associate Chair of History and Professor of Modern History at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan.  A 1987 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and History (magna cum laude), he also took Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the History of International Relations from Michigan State University in 1991 and 1995, respectively.  He has published a trilogy on US national security policy in the immediate postwar Pacific and is currently completing another trilogy on the transition of the US Naval War College from the Pacific War to the Cold War in the Pacific in the same time period.  He is also a Graduate Senior Instructor in Norwich University's online Master of Arts in History Program, an Adjunct Lecturer of Strategy and Policy in the U.S. Naval War College’s Non-Resident Fleet Seminar Program, and the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Society for Military History.

Ricardo Herrera, PhD
Beth Hillman, PhD
Lance Janda, PhD

Lance Janda is a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Cameron University. He earned his PhD in History from the University of Oklahoma in 1998, and is the author of "Stronger Than Custom: West Point and the Admission of Women", along with a wide array of digital and traditional print scholarship.  He currently teaches courses focusing on the American Military, 20th Century America, and surveys of United States and Western European history. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including induction into the Cameron Alumni Faculty Hall of Fame.

Sean Kalic, PhD
Peter Kindsvatter, PhD
Deborah Kidwell, PhD
John Kuehn, PhD
Robert Mackey, PhD
John Maass, PhD
Kathryn Merriam, PhD

Kathryn Merriam teaches American History in the graduate program at Norwich University. She mentors students who are writing capstone papers on American and Native American topics. She also teaches Native American History at University of St. Joseph, Hartford Connecticut, and at the Community College of Vermont. Her research is focused on the Iroquois of New York and the ethnologists at the Smithsonian Institution. Kathryn is on the steering committee for the Conference on Iroquois Research. As the publication chair, she is the editor of the conference’s publication, Iroquoia: the journal of the Conference on Iroquois Research. She has given papers at the Iroquois Conference, at the Ethnohistory Conference, and at NAISA, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Kathryn received her PhD and Master of Arts in History from University of Massachusetts Amherst and undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.

Lisa Mundey, PhD
Michael Pearlman, PhD
Chris Rein, PhD
Charles Sanders, PhD
Mark Snell, PhD
Patrick Speelman, PhD
Kenneth Swope

In addition to teaching for Norwich University as a Senior Instructor, Kenneth Swope is General Bufford Blount Professor of Military History and Senior Fellow of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of A Dragon’s Head and A Serpent’s Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592-1598, and The Military Collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty, 1618-1644, which was featured on the podcast “New Books in Military History” and named a Choice Outstanding Academic title. He has also published dozens of articles, book reviews and chapters in edited collections and presented his scholarship at conferences all over the world.  He serves as the book review editor for The Journal of Chinese Military History and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chinese Military History Society. His newest book, On the Trail of the Yellow Tiger: War, Trauma, and Social Dislocation in Southwest China During the Ming-Qing Transition, is forthcoming in 2017 from the University of Nebraska Press.

James Tucci, PhD
David J. Ulbrich, PhD

Dr. David J. Ulbrich was named the program director and associate professor in the Master of Arts in History and Military History programs in August 2017. He served as an adjunct instructor, course developer, and capstone advisor at Norwich University from 2007 until 2017, before he joined Norwich in his current capacity. Ulbrich earned his BA from University of Dayton, his MA from Ball State University, and his PhD from Temple University, all in history. Ulbrich's first book, Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Marine Corps, 1936-1943, won the “2012 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Prize” from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. More recently, Ulbrich and co-author Matthew S. Muehlbauer are publishing the second edition of Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Period to the 21st Century. Previously from 2009 to 2013, Ulbrich served as a civilian historian at the U.S. Army Engineer School in Missouri. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a historical consultant and on-air segment host for the award-winning “Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One” television documentary; and as co-director of the Cantigny First Division Oral History Project. Both these projects were funded by the McCormick Foundation.  

Kenneth Underwood, PhD
James Westheider, PhD
Bradford Wineman, PhD
Bobby Wintermute, PhD
Greg Witkowski, PhD