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Updated: July 2024.

Academic Positions

Henry Chauncey '57 Postdoctoral Fellow, Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy

Yale University, New Haven CT

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mershon Center for International Security Studies

The Ohio State University, Columbus OH

2024 - 2025

2022 - 2024


Ph.D., American Studies, The George Washington University

B.A., History, Northwestern University




Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Journal Article. “War is Still a Racket: Private Military Contracting, U.S. Imperialism, and the Iraq War.” American Quarterly, Special Issue, September 2022.


Journal Article. “TGI Friday’s in Kandahar: Military Contracting, Taste Recognition, and Intimacies of Force in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.” Journal of Transnational American Studies. Under Revision, Special Forum, Spring 2022.



Journal Articles in Preparation

"Democracy vs. Security: Confronting the U.S. Security State from Above and Below, 1969-1976." Intended for Journal of American History.

"Field Manual as Postcolonial Theory?: Counterinsurgency in the History of U.S. War-Making." Intended for Security Studies.

Other Writing


Essay. “Shock and Awe 20 Years Later: The Iraq War in the History of U.S. Empire.” Process. Organization of American Historians. August 1, 2023.


Book Review. “Review of Wills, Jocelyn, Tug of War: Surveillance Capitalism, Military Contracting, and the Rise of the Security State.” H-War, H-Net Reviews. July, 2023.


Op-Ed. “American Foreign Policy Has Flaws Embedded At Its Core. Iraq Proved It.” The Washington Post. March 20, 2023.

Book Review. “Israel in the American Mind: The Cultural Politics of US-Israeli Relations, 1958-1988, by Shaul Mitelpunkt.” The English Historical Review. Oxford University Press. December 13, 2019.

Roundtable Discussion. “Shock and Awe Revisited: Legacies of the Iraq War 20 Years Later.” Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review. Forthcoming September 2023.


Contribution to Edited Volume. With Thomas S. Dolan. “Rich Muslim, Bad Muslim: The Political Economy of Islamophobia.” in Global Histories and Practices of Islamophobia, ed. Abdullah Al-Arian and Karine Walther. Forthcoming 2024.


Contribution to Edited Volume. “'Money as a Weapons System': Corporate Power and the U.S. War in Iraq” in Iraq Unruled, ed. Zainab Saleh, Haytham Bahoora, and Bridget Guarasci. Forthcoming 2025.

Fellowships, Grants, & Honors


Postdoctoral Fellowship (Declined)

Charles Warren Center for American Studies, Harvard University


Library Research Travel Grant

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library


Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist

U.S. Federal Government


Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Institute for Citizens & Scholars


Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship

Institute for Middle East Studies, The George Washington University

2016 - 2020

Presidential Merit Graduate Assistantship

The George Washington University Department of American Studies

2017 - 2020

Summer Research Stipend

The George Washington University Department of American Studies


Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation Summer Funding

The George Washington University Department of American Studies 


History, Politics & Society Summer Program

Exeter College, Oxford University

2013 - 2015

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Northwestern University

Conference Experience

Event Organizer


“Shock and Awe Revisited: Legacies of the Iraq War 20 Years Later.”

All - Day Conference (9 Panelists) | Mershon Center for International Security Studies

March 31 | Columbus, OH


“'Pentagon Capitalism': The Global U.S. Defense Economy.”

American Political History Conference

June 6-8 | Nashville, TN


“Host/age Nations: Counterinsurgency and the Legacies of Empire in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Society for Historians of U.S. Foreign Relations

June 15-17 | Arlington, VA


“‘I Have Successfully Privatized World Peace’: National Security in the Marvel Cinematic Universe”

Comics and U.S. National Security | The Mershon Center for International Security Studies

November 4 | Columbus, OH


“Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: Private Military Contractors, The Security State, and The Politics of Accountability.”

American Studies Association 

October 9 - 13 | Virtual


“Beyond Nisour Square: Private Military Contractors and the U.S. Security State”

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

June 17 - 20 | Virtual


“‘Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist’: Tony Stark, Iron Man, and Post - 9/11 Imperial Fantasy - Making”

Striking Back?: On Imperial Fantasies and Fantasies of Empire | Max Planck Research Group, “Empires of Memory”

September 12 - 13 | Göttingen, Germany


“Reimagining Asian/American Publics: Family, Fandoms, and Food.”

American Studies Association

November 2-5 | Montreal, Canada


“Race and National Security: New Perspectives on the African American Experience.”

Military Frontiers: Graduate Student Symposium

April 21 | Columbus, OH

Selected List of Presented Papers

Chaired Panels

Teaching Experience

Spring 2023

U.S. Diplomacy in the Middle East | Instructor

Advanced Lecture Course

The Ohio State University | History Department

Spring 2021

The Iraq Wars | Instructor

Advanced Undergraduate Seminar

The George Washington University | American Studies Department

Professional Affiliations

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

American Studies Association

Language Skills

Urdu: Conversational

Arabic: Advanced Intermediate

Spanish: Intermediate

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