David J. Ulbrich

David J. Ulbrich was named program director and associate professor in the Master of Arts in History and in Military History programs in August 2017. He served as an adjunct instructor, course developer, and capstone advisor for Norwich University from 2007 until 2017, before he joined Norwich in his current capacity. During those years, Ulbrich taught more than 200 students and advised more than 40 capstone projects. Ulbrich previously taught at Ball State University, Ohio University, and Rogers State University. He earned his doctorate in history in 2007 from Temple University where he studied with Gregory Urwin, Richard Immerman, and the late Russell Weigley.

Ulbrich is an award-winning author, instructor, and consultant. Ulbrich's first book, Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Marine Corps, 1936-1943 (Naval Institute Press, 2011), won the “2012 General Wallace Greene Jr. Prize” from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and an honorable mention for “2012 Samuel Eliot Morison Book Award for Naval Literature” from the Naval Commandery of New York City. Ulbrich and co-author Matthew Muehlbauer published the second edition of Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Period to the 21st Century (Routledge, 2017). Muehlbauer and Ulbrich also co-edited The Routledge History of Global War and Society (Routledge, 2018). Together with co-author and long-time Norwich instructor Bobby Wintermute, Ulbrich most recently published the Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare (DeGruyter Oldenbourg, 2018). Ulbrich’s future projects include revising a textbook on World War II and co-editing an anthology on the history of amphibious warfare.

Ulbrich’s articles and reviews have appeared in such periodicals as War and Society, Journal of Military History, War in History, Journal of Asian Studies, Marine Corps University Journal, Marine Corps Gazette, Rethinking History, and Army History. Two of his articles are receive the “Robert Debs Heinl Prize” outstanding article on Marine Corps life and history. Ulbrich’s contributions to Marine Corps history were also recognized in the “2012 Edwin Simmons-Henry Shaw Award” for distinguished service to the U.S. Marine Corps History Division. Ulbrich has lectured widely on military history at the British Library, International Committee on the History of the Second World War (China), Australian Defence Force Academy, University of London’s Institute of Historical Research, National World War II Museum, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, U.S. Naval War College Museum, Marine Corps University, Ohio University’s Center for Contemporary History, Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Cantigny First Division Museum, and New York Military Affairs Symposium.

In addition to academic employment, Dr. Ulbrich possesses significant experience in the Public History field. In 2015-2016, he worked as a contract history for the U.S. Army. From 2009 to 2013, he 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 generously funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.