Dr. Geoffrey Wawro is Professor of History and Director of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas in the Dallas Metroplex. From 2000-2005 he was Professor of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. A Modern European historian by training, Dr. Wawro’s Ph.D is from Yale University, his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. He was an English-Speaking Union Scholar at Cheltenham College and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna. He speaks German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Dr. Wawro is the author of five books, most recently of A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire (Basic Books, 2014). Wawro is also the author of Quicksand: America’s Pursuit of Power in the Middle East (Penguin Press, 2010), The Franco-Prussian War (Cambridge, 2003), Warfare and Society in Europe, 1792-1914 (Routledge, 2000), and The Austro-Prussian War (Cambridge, 1996).
He is co-editor (with Oxford’s Hew Strachan) of the more than twenty volumes in the Cambridge Military Histories and is a member of the History Book Club Review Board. Wawro blogs regularly on historical, diplomatic and defense issues for the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Military History, War in History, the International History Review, the Naval War College Review, American Scholar, and the European History Quarterly, and op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant and Providence Journal. He has won several academic prizes including the Austrian Cultural Institute Prize and the Society for Military History Moncado Prize for Excellence in the Writing of Military History.
Dr. Wawro has lectured on history, military innovation and international security in Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America, the U.S., and Canada and for several years was the Naval War College Review‘s “special correspondent,” a designation that took him to “places or events of strategic or technological interest,” including Iran, Brazil and the Paris Air Show. From 2000-2009, Geoffrey Wawro anchored six different shows for The History Channel: Hardcover History, History’s Business, Global View, History vs. Hollywood, Hard Target, and History in Focus. His many guests included Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Jack Welch, Casper Weinberger, Paul Theroux, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. He has two sons—Winslow and Matias—and lives in Dallas, Texas.
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