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About William Thomas Allison

Bill Allison is a scholar of American military history, specifically the Vietnam War. He is Professor of History at Georgia Southern University, joining the faculty there as Chair of the Department of History in 2008. After earning a BA and MA in History at East Texas State University in 1989 and 1991, he completed his Ph.D. in history at Bowling Green State University in 1995. He then taught at the University of Saint Francis (Indiana) before joining the History Department at Weber State University from 1999-2008. During the 2002-2003 academic year, he was Visiting Professor in the Department Strategy and International Security at the USAF Air War College and later served as Visiting Professor of Military History at the USAF School for Advanced Air and Space Studies from 2010-2011. He recently completed two years as the General Harold K. Johnson Visiting Chair in Military History at the US Army War College (2012-2014).

He is author of The Gulf War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), Military Justice in Vietnam: The Rule of Law in an American War (University Press of Kansas, 2007), and American Diplomats in Russia: Case Studies in Orphan Diplomacy, 1917-1919 (Praeger, 1997), and is co-author with Janet Valentine and the late Jeffery Grey of American Military History: A Survey from Colonial Times to the Present (Pearson, 2013), among other works. He has presented and lectured at numerous conferences and universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, the University of Zurich, the Australian Defence Force Academy, the US Army Heritage and Education Center, and the USAF Air Command & Staff College.

He is a former Trustee and Vice-President of the Society for Military History and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Military History as well as editor for Routledge’s Critical Moments in American History series. He has also served on the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee and was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2014. In addition to recent essays on war remembrance and commemoration, his current research includes book projects on the Tet Offensive and America in 1968. He has recently been appointed editor for the University Press of Kansas's Modern Studies series, beginning January 2019. Born and raised in Texas, he lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Teaching and Research Interests: American Military, National Security Strategy, Vietnam War


2008 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University College of Arts and Humanities
Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of History

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Eugene Hollon Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, East Texas State University (1991)
  • Fellowship, Bernard Sternsher Outstanding Doctoral Teaching, Bowling Green State University (1993)
  • Recipient, Lawrence J. Friedman Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Bowling Green State University (1995)
  • Recipient, Guest Humanities Scholar, McNeese State University (1999)
  • Fellowship, West Point, United States Military Academy (2000)
  • Recipient, George and Beth Lowe Innovative Teaching Award, Weber State University (2006)
  • Recipient, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, U.S. Army War College (2014)
  • Fellowship, Serenbe, The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, & the Environment (2016)


  • US History II
  • American Military/War and Society
  • American Diplomatic/National Security
  • US History I
  • US Since 1945
  • Introduction to Government
  • The American War in Vietnam
  • Russian History
  • US 1917-1945
  • Hollywood and History
  • American Civilization
  • History of Science & Technology
  • American Military History I & II
  • Nature of History/Historical Methods
  • Senior Seminar Capstone for History Majors
  • Classics in Military History
  • 20th Century US
  • Vietnam Conflict
  • US 1789-1865
  • World Civilization I & II
  • American Government & Politics
  • Various Independent Studies
  • Great Empires of Western Europe
  • World War II
  • American Public Policy
  • American Diplomatic History
  • Sport in American Culture
  • History of Law Enforcement


1995 Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
1991 M.A., East Texas State University
1989 B.A., East Texas State University

Contact Information

PO Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-4478
Office: Forest Drive, Room 1105


Books (9)

Articles and Essays (9)

Book Reviews (56)