Far from engaging in any policing of disciplinary boundaries, military history at Duke recognizes 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 centers of research support the graduate program at Duke. 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.