The Society for Military History Mentorship Program

Just starting out in military history?  First time at the SMH’s annual conference (or only been a few times)?  Want to chat with someone who’s an established part of the field?  Sign up for the SMH’s mentorship program.  This year, at the SMH conference in Jacksonville, FL, those interested can sign up to have a one on one discussion (and coffee!) with a senior military historian, to ask about the field, to talk about the conference, and generally to engage with someone who has been part of the Society for years.  This is a really good way to get your bearings both at the conference and in the field of military history itself.  The SMH will even buy the coffee.


List of Mentors:

Bill Allison. Bill Allison teaches military history at Georgia Southern University, focusing on the modern American military experience with an emphasis on the Vietnam War.

Beth Bailey. Beth Bailey is a Distinguished Professor of History at Kansas University, specializing in Military and US society, war and society, history of gender and sexuality, and recent US history.

Kathryn Barbier. Kathryn Barbier is a military historian at Mississippi State University, who specializes in WWII and intelligence history.

Thomas Bruscino. Tom Bruscino is a military historian at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, focusing on late 19th and 20th century U.S. military history.

D'Ann Campbell. D'Ann Campbell is a military historian teaching at Culver Stockton College, who focuses on US gender, social/"new" military history, and World War II. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy.

Karen Hagemann. Karen Hagemann is the James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History. She works on the history of gender, military and war in Modern German and European history.

John Hall. John Hall is the co-chair of the War in Society and Culture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in the military colonization of the early republic.

Ricardo Herrera. Rick Herrera is associate professor of military history at the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, focusing on 18th and 19th century US military history.

Kenneth Johnson. Kenneth Johnson is a naval historian at the Air Command and Staff College, focusing on the French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Haitian Revolution.

Jennifer Keene. Jennifer Keene is a professor at Chapman University and an expert in World War I and the African American military experience.

Wayne Lee. Wayne Lee is a military historian at the University of North Carolina, who is expanding from being an early modern Atlanticist to a world historical and comparative framework.

Geoffrey Megargee.  Geoffrey Megargee is a project director and editor at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He specializes in 20th century warfare, especially World War II and the German military’s role in the Holocaust and other crimes.

Marc Milner. Marc Milner is Director of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.  He is a specialist on WW II and has published on primarily on Canadian combat operations in the North Atlantic and the Normandy campaign."

Timothy Orr. Timothy Orr is an Associate Professor of History at Old Dominion University, specializing in the American Civil War.

Randy Papadopoulos. Randy Papadopoulos is a historian at the Naval Historical Center, a regional coordinator for the SMH, and the co-author of Pentagon:  9/11.

S. Mike Pavelec. Dr. S. Mike Pavelec is a military historian at Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He has taught in both civilian and military/government settings. His focus is modern war and warfare, with a specialization in airpower.

Margaret Sankey. Margaret Sankey is a historian of the 18th century British military, but taught all things military and European in a small department at Minnesota State before going over to the dark side of academic administration as the Director of Research and Publications for the US Air War College.

Ty Seidule. Ty Seidule is a historian at the United States Military Academy, focusing on digital military history and the history of African Americans at West Point.

Adam Seipp. Adam Seipp is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University and a specialist in 20th century German and transatlantic history. 

Debra Sheffer. Debra Sheffer is Professor of History at Park University and author of The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns.

David Silbey. David Silbey is a military historian at Cornell University, specializing in the rise of total war in the 19th and 20th centuries.

John Terino. John Terino is the Chairman of the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

Susannah Ural. Susannah Ural is the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor in the Humanities, and Co-director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi.  She specializes in nineteenth-century America, with an emphasis on the socio-military experiences of U.S. Civil War soldiers and their families.

Gregory Urwin. Gregory J. W. Urwin is a professor of history at Temple University who specializes in U.S. and British military history.

Ian van der Waag. Ian van der Waag is a military historian at Stellenbosch University, and the South African Military Academy, focusing on the mutually-reciprocal impacts between warfare and South African society in the twentieth century.

Kara Vuic. Kara Vuic is the Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in 20th Century America at Texas Christian University.  Her work research bridges the history of wars and militarization, the history of gender and sexuality, and social and cultural history.

Jacqueline Whitt. Jacqueline Whitt is Associate Professor of Strategy at the US Army War College, and author of Bringing God to Men: American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War.

Andrew Wiest. Andrew Wiest is a military historian at the University of Southern Mississippi where he focuses on the Vietnam War and World War.


Thanks for your interest in the mentorship program.  It’s now closed to further entries but there should be another program at next year’s conference.

For further information about the mentorship program, please contact Professor David Silbey (