Military War Society

Military History at Duke is part of a collaborative graduate program that brings together the Duke and UNC faculty and students.  Far from engaging in any policing of disciplinary boundaries, we recognize the rich and ever-growing diversity of approaches and methods that have come to characterize the study of the military, war and society.  Our research interests encompass approaches from political, diplomatic and institutional history as well as economic, social, cultural and gender history.  Studies of armed conflicts, transformations of warfare, gender relations in combat, male and female combatants and non-combatants, violence against civilian populations, and processes of militarization inform different aspects of our research and course thematics.

Several associated programs support the graduate program at Duke.  The monthly inter-university seminar The History of the Military, War, and Society brings together interested scholars from the Triangle area and beyond.  Open to faculty and students, the seminar makes a major contribution to graduate training by offering advanced PhD candidates an opportunity both to engage with the work by leading specialists in the field and to present their work in progress.  The Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) is a network of faculty at Triangle colleges and universities in nearly a dozen different disciplines who share an interest in national and international security, broadly defined.  TISS sponsors speakers, seminars, conferences, and outreach to local and regional communities.  Duke Law School's Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security promotes teaching, research, and publication on national security law, with an emphasis on national security decision-making from an ethical perspective.


Nicole Elizabeth Barnes, Assistant Professor in the Department of History

Office: 114 Campus Drive, 226 Carr Building, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: (919) 684-8102

I research public health and medicine in twentieth-century China from a gendered perspective, incorporating the changing life stories of men and women into my analysis of how health regulations and medical practices reflect Chinese society's principal values as well as the assumptions and political... full profile »

Dirk Bonker, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: 208 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-3930

I am a historian of the United States and Germany, who focuses on questions of militarism, warfare, and empire in the long twentieth century. In my work, I also address larger questions about how best to "globalize" and "internationalize" U.S and German histories in the modern age. full profile »

Thavolia Glymph, Professor of African and African American Studies

Office: 236 Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-1625

Thavolia Glymph is Associate Professor of History at Duke University in the Departments of African & African American Studies and History and a Faculty Affiliate in the Duke University Population Research Institute (DuPri) and the Program in Women's Studies. Glymph is a historian of the... full profile »

Margaret Ellen Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine, in the School of Medicine

Office: Carr 206, Dept of History, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2285

History of American medicine and public health, history of tropical medicine, especially malaria and yellow fever, history of medicine in the American Civil War. History of racial disparities in health and health care in the US. full profile »

Anna Krylova, Associate Professor of History and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminism Studies

Office: 209 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-3871

Anna Krylova is Associate Professor of History and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminism Studies. A gender historian, she works on Russia in the twentieth century and the challenges of envisioning and building a socialist alternative in the age of industrial and post-industrial modernity... full profile »

Adriane D. Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: Dept of History, Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2837

My interests lie in African American history, twentieth-century United States History, and the history of the US & the World. My 2009 book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I, looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, with a particular focus on... full profile »

Nancy MacLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy

Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S., whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and... full profile »

Jehangir Malegam, Associate Professor of History

Office: 319 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-7842

My first book focused on clerical self-fashioning and lay-clerical relationships between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries as seen through the discourse around peace-making and conflict. My new research concerns the history of personhood, con-sociation and alienation during a period of... full profile »

Kristen Neuschel, Associate Professor with Tenure

Office: 233 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2437

Dr. Neuschel concentrates on late medieval and early modern France and Europe. Her current research focuses on war and culture in northern Europe between 1400 and 1600. She teaches courses in the history of war, of gender relations and surveys of the history of medieval and early modern Europe. full profile »