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WNMU Social Sciences
John Lavalle

Associate Professor of History
Contact Degrees Publications Research

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office: Global Resource Center 204
Phone: 575-538-6256
E-mail:lavallej@wnmu.edu

DEGREES

Ph.D. in modern European History, 1997, University of Georgia

M.A. in modern European History,1991, University of Houston

B.A. in History, 1988, University of Houston

Teaching Experience

Western New Mexico University 2001-present

Research and Academic Interests

Modern German History, Military History, Modern European History

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association, Society for Military History

Publications and presentations

Wrote the following entries: “Battle of Metz, 1870,” “First Champaign Offensive,” “Blenheim Campaign, “Second Battle of Arras,” “Siege of Namur,” “Battle of Verdun,” “War of Spanish Succession,” “Reichswehr.” for Germany at War, ABC Clio, forthcoming.

“From Flexible Defense to the ‘Peace Offensives’: The German Search for Tactical Mobility in the First World War” at the 2012 Society for Military History conference in Lisle IL.

Review of Monica Black’s Death in Berlin: from Weimar to Divided Berlin, for Canadian Journal of History, Volume XLVI Winter 2011.

I presented a paper entitled “’When They Kick at Your Front Door, How You Gonna Come?’ The Clash and the Fusion of Punk Rock and Reggae,” at the Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium in Flagstaff AZ, 24 October 2009.

Commentary on a panel entitled “West Germany as a Cold War Frontier” at the Society for Military History conference, 19 April 2008 in Ogden UT.

Fellow in the Fulbright German Studies Seminar: “Germany in a Changing Europe: Transatlantic Ties, Transatlantic Challenges” summer 2007.

"'Bourgeois References are in Order:' Class and Officer Selection in the German Army in the First World War." Connections, the Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium e-journal, 2007. http://kennedy.byu.edu/partners/CSE/connections/vol3_2007.pdf

Review of David T. Zabecki’s The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in the Operational Level of War, H-German (May 2007). http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=280781183837222

“Social Status and Officer Selection in the German Army, 1890-1918,” presented at the Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium, Provo UT, 7 October 2006.

Wrote the following entries: “Agincourt, 1415,” “Aisne, 1914, 1917, 1918,” “Blenheim, 1704,” “Kitchener, Field Marshal Horatio,” “Mackensen, General Eberhard von,” “Manstein, Erich von Lewinski,” “Marlborough, John Churchill, Duke of,” “Mesopotamian Campaign, 1914-1917,” and “Mons, 1914” for International Encyclopedia of Military History, Routledge, 2006.

Review of Mark D. Karau’s “Wielding the Dagger:” The MarineKorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918, H-German (Dec. 2005), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=319971105719762

Wrote the following entries: “Arras, 1917,” “Liebknecht, Karl,” Mesopotamia Campaign,” “Namur,” “Pals’ Battalions,” and “Verdun,” and co-wrote “Historical Controversies: Premature Employment of Tanks at the Somme” with Spencer C. Tucker for Encyclopedia of World War I: A Political, Social, and Military History, ABC-CLIO, 2005

I presented a paper entitled “’Tin Soldiers and Nixon’s Coming:’ Protest Music and the War in Vietnam” at Newman University, 23 March 2005.

I commented on a panel entitled “Professionalism between the World Wars in the West” at the Society for Military History conference, 25 February 2005 in Charleston SC.

Served on editorial board of Focus on German Studies, 2003-2004.

Review of Annika Mombauer’s Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War, H-German (June 2003), http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=138801060114248

Hobbies, personal interests, and community involvement

Homebrewing, Hiking, Travel


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