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Ingo Trauschweizer

Ingo Trauschweizer, portrait

Associate Professor & Director of Contemporary History Institute

451 Bentley Annex

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  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland (2006)
  • M.A. in History from the University of Maryland (2000)

Research and Publications

  • U.S. Military and Contemporary History
  • Modern European History
  • Cold War; International History; War and Society

Ingo Trauschweizer is Associate Professor in the History Department and the director of the Contemporary History Institute. His research focuses on strategy and policy, military institutions, civil-military relations, and the significance of war in American and European history and culture. His book The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War  won the Distinguished Book Prize of the Society for Military History. An edited collection (with Steven Miner) on Failed States and Fragile Societies  appeared in June 2014 from Ohio University Press. In addition, he has published several chapters and articles on Cold War era history, militarism, and ways of war in academic and professional journals and essay collections. His new book, an intellectual biography of Maxwell D. Taylor and a study of the national security establishment in the Cold War, will appear with the University Press of Kentucky in spring 2019.

Together with David J. Ulbrich, Trauschweizer edits a book series on War and Society in North America  for Ohio University Press.


In 2018-19, Ingo Trauschweizer directs a National Endowment for the Humanities funded program for veterans at Ohio University.

He regularly teaches classes in U.S. political, military, international, and global history. His courses include:

  • HIST 1330: World History since 1750
  • HIST 2010: Survey of U.S. History since the Civil War
  • HIST 3211: American Military History (Fall 2018)
  • HIST 3743: The Cold War
  • HIST 3050: The U.S. and the Vietnam War (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 3213: War, Violence, and Modernity

He also teaches HTC tutorials and graduate-level courses in the History Department and the Contemporary History Institute. Most of these courses fulfill requirements in the War and Peace Studies program.

Personal Profile

Ingo Trauschweizer advises M.A. and Ph.D. students in U.S. military history, international history, the history of the Cold War, and other subjects related to contemporary U.S. political history and transatlantic relations.

Professor Trauschweizer previously taught at Norwich University and New Mexico Tech and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He began his studies in his native Germany and earned an M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2006) in International and Diplomatic History at the University of Maryland.

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