Personal Info and Other Projects
I specialize in early modern military
history, with a particular
focus on colonial America, Native Americans, and the British
empire. I recently published Barbarians
and Brothers, Empires and
and Warfare and Culture in World
History (links above). I continue to work
sovereignty in the English/British
relationship with local peoples in Ireland and North
America, but at the moment I am mostly absorbed with writing a textbook
military history for Oxford University Press (tentatively titled Waging War: A Global History).
As part of my current duties as chair of UNC's Curriculum in Peace,
War, and Defense (an interdisciplinary undergraduate major), I also
direct the UNC-TISS National
Security Fellows Program, an Army Senior
Service School equivalency program.
I am the series editor for
the "Warfare and Culture"
published by New York University Press. Interested authors
should click here
I have had a long "side career" as an
archaeologist, and have done fieldwork in
Greece, Albania, Virginia, and Hungary, and I continue
to work and publish in that field. Although often tangential to my
primary work as a military historian, I have benefited greatly from the
experience. I have learned much from my anthropologist colleagues
from the close study of landscapes. Some links to the projects
I've worked on are provided
below. Most recently I co-directed a project in the
mountains of northern Albania (the Shala Valley Project, SVP), now
published as Light and Shadow (link
above), winner of the 2014 Society for American Archaeology scholarly
book of the year. The historical
component of that project examined how the tribal
peoples of the northern Albanian mountains maintained their autonomy
from the Ottoman
empire while also providing them with some military service.
In the winter of 2008 my co-director and I snowshoed into the valley
(otherwise cut off during the winter) to experience how the villagers
during the long cold season; you can read more about that trip here.
In summer 2011 I joined a new project in the Mani, in the
southern Peloponnese, in Greece (the Diros Project);
fieldwork there is ongoing involving both survey and excavation.
I was an officer in the U.S. Army (combat
engineer) and served in
Germany, Virginia, and in the Gulf War. When not working
or teaching I am a blacksmith and a whitewater kayaker.