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 a Fulbright Scholar in Austria from 1989-91, and was Visiting Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College from 1996-98. From 1992-2000, he was Assistant and Associate Professor of History at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He speaks German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Dr. Wawro is the author of four highly regarded books: 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 the co-editor (with Oxford’s Hew Strachan) of the Cambridge Military Histories — published by Cambridge University Press — and is a member of the History Book Club Review Board. Wawro has published articles in 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. In 2002, he shared the New Orleans Press Club Award for his live NBC/History Channel coverage of the opening of the D-Day Museum’s Pacific Wing and the attendant parade and fly-overs.
Dr. Wawro has lectured widely on military innovation and international security in Europe, 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,” most recently 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 guests included Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Jack Welch, Robert Rubin, Casper Weinberger, Warren Christopher, Newt Gingrich, Niall Ferguson, Pat Buchanan, Richard Overy, Stephen Ambrose, Michael Howard, Robert Dallek, Paul Theroux, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. He has two sons — Winslow and Matías — and lives in Dallas, Texas.