Master of Arts in Military History

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Program Director

David J. Ulbrich, PhD

Welcome to Norwich University's Military History Program

Norwich University's Master of Arts in Military History provides you with a sophisticated understanding of the role of the military and war in history - a vital topic in today's world. The program is designed to present a broad overview of military history, with in-depth chronological and geographic context. In other words, the program offers much more than just a study of American military history, which is the focus of some existing programs.

With nearly two centuries of academic heritage and decades of serving adult distance learners, Norwich provides one of the most solid foundations you could ever find for an online graduate program. We look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals and celebrate your success as you become a member of our esteemed alumni.

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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.  

Associate Program Director
Lars Nielsen, MA

Lars Nielsen is the associate program director (administrative) for both the Master of Arts in Military History as well as the Master of Arts in History programs. Additionally, he serves as the associate program director for the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance programs. His primary duty is to work with the program director to make sure that classroom content corresponds to the director’s vision as closely as possible. He has been with the military history program since its inception in 2005 and along the way earned an MA in its sister program, Master of Arts in Diplomacy. He also teaches political science and history as an adjunct to Norwich undergraduates and writes plays, poetry, and fiction in his spare time.

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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

C.S. Oliviero, PhD

C.S. Oliviero is an adjunct professor of war studies at Norwich University and the Royal Military College of Canada. He served in the Canadian Army in a variety of positions, including command of his regiment in Germany during the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1998, he left the Army as a lieutenant colonel and joined Calian Technology as a military exercise author. In 2007, he was asked to rejoin the Army Reserve as special advisor to the Commander of the Army. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in war studies and a bachelor’s degree with honors in American military history from the Royal Military College of Canada. His interests include linguistics, stone masonry, landscaping, and rough carpentry, the latter of which he utilized in building his own house.

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Miles M. Yu, PhD

Miles Maochun Yu teaches courses on modern China and East Asia, military and naval history, and World War II at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). He founded and directs USNA’s Asia Forum and spearheads the school’s activities on Asia-related issues. In 2009, he was named the top researcher at USNA. He consults to other government agencies and Congress on China-related topics and has appeared on PBS NewsHour as a China analyst, at various congressional hearings as an expert witness, and with the History and Discovery channels as chief historian for military documentaries. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and op-ed pieces, and his books include OSS in China: Prelude to Cold War and The Dragon’s War: Allied Operations and the Fate of China, 1937-1947. He received a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from Swarthmore College, and a bachelor’s degree from Nankai University.

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Kelly DeVries, PhD

A widely recognized expert in medieval studies, Kelly DeVries has written more than 100 articles and authored or co-authored dozens of books, including Medieval Military Technology, Joan of Arc: A Military Leader, and Battles that Changed Warfare: 1457 BC-AD 1991. For more than a decade, he has served as editor of the Journal of Medieval Military History and as co-editor of the History of Warfare series from Brill Publishers. He is a frequent historical consultant and guest on TV shows produced by the History Channel and National Geographic. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees in medieval studies from the University of Toronto and his bachelor’s degree in medieval studies from Brigham Young University.

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Faculty

Sviatoslav Dmitriev, PhD
Antulio Echevarria, PhD
Mark Fissel, PhD
Jonathan House, 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.

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.

John Jennings, PhD

A specialist in Japanese history and a visiting researcher at Sophia University and International Christian University in Japan, John M. Jennings has written numerous books, articles, and reviews on Asian and military history. His publications include The Opium Empire: Japanese Imperialism and Narcotics Trafficking in Asia, 1895-1945 and the forthcoming Encountering Barbarians: Essays in the History of East Asian International Relations, 1428-1967. He is currently completing Taxed in Blood: A History of the Military, State, and Society in Japan, a new book for Reaktion Books. In addition to teaching in Norwich University’s world history and military history programs, Jennings teaches Asian, military, and world history for the United States Air Force Academy. A Philadelphia native, he earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Sean Kalic, PhD
John Kuehn, PhD
Xiao Bing Li, PhD
Stephen Morillo, PhD

Stephen Morillo specializes in medieval, military, and world history, combining the three in various ways in his teaching and research. He is the author of numerous books and articles on these topics, including Frameworks of World History, a world history textbook being released by Oxford University Press in 2013. Current and past course topics include introductory world history, historiography, world military history, maritime history, and medieval Japan. When he isn’t teaching or writing, Morillo enjoys painting, cartooning, acting, and playing music. A native of New Orleans, he also cooks creole cuisine, Indian curries, and other scrumptious specialties of his own invention. He earned his doctoral degree in philosophy at Oxford University and his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University.

Lisa Mundey, PhD
Joyce Sampson, PhD
Dennis Showalter, PhD
Ken Swope, 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.  

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.

Bobby Wintermute, PhD
Xiaoming Zhang, PhD
Pingchao Zhu, PhD