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Anne-Louise Antonoff, Ph.D.

Anne-Louise Antonoff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Military History
Command and Staff College

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 784-6892
Email: annelouise.antonoff@usmcu.edu
Areas of Interest: History, Strategic Studies, Intelligence, Cybersecurity


Ph.D. History, Yale University
M.Phil Yale University
M.A. History, Yale University
B.A. History, Princeton University


Dr. Anne Louise Antonoff, Assistant Professor of Military History, teaches War Studies at Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, and has mentored the Gray Scholars Program since its founding in 2013. Prior to her 2013 arrival at MCU, Dr. Antonoff served five years as an adjunct professor at University of Pennsylvania. She has also taught at Yale University. Prior to her graduate studies and teaching career, she worked in the field of strategic planning in the telecommunications industry with an emphasis on finance and business development. She later served as project manager and director of research on a consulting project for the Department of Homeland Security on the future operating environment (c. 2030) of Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources, focusing on economic resilience, strategic resources, solar weather, and nuclear power accidents, among other issues.

Dr. Antonoff has presented papers on diplomatic, military and strategic history at the Naval War College, the Hudson Institute, the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, the American Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, the World History Association Annual Meeting, and other groups.


Dr. Antonoff is currently finishing an occasional paper entitled Mahan, Corbett and Mackinder: Maritime and Naval Strategy in a Globalizing World. It examines the intellectual relationships and conceptual comparisons among the three men who have most shaped modern thought on sea power, contextualizing their ideas in the framework of Great Power politics, above all Anglo-American relations. In so doing, it also takes into account the evolving economic implications of war at sea.


Dr. Antonoff is near completion on a draft of her first full-length book, The Next “Great War:” Asia, America, and the Future of Europe, 1906-1909, as the first volume of a trilogy entitled The Balkan Pivot: Great Power Crisis from East to West,1906 -1909. The second volume, Austria-Hungary and Balkan Crisis, 1906 – 1909, is based on work for which she received recognition from the United States Army Center of Military History when presenting it at the James A. Barnes Graduate Student History Conference at Temple University. The third volume, The Bosnia Crisis: Almost War, is based in part on her dissertation at Yale University. Following publication of The Balkan Pivot, Dr. Antonoff plans a second major study, The Great Neutral: Theodore Roosevelt and the Origins of American Power in the 20th Century, based on research and writing done at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.


Dr. Antonoff earned her doctorate and M.A. degrees in History (“Global”) from Yale University and her undergraduate degree in History (with a concentration in “War and Diplomacy”) from Princeton University. At Yale her fields included Great Power Politics, 1870 – 1945, 18th century European War and Diplomacy, and American Diplomatic History, Colonial to 1914. Following graduation from Yale, she won a place in the inaugural offering of the National History Center’s summer-long Seminar on Decolonization. She then held a Research Scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, where she drafted a short work on Theodore Roosevelt’s policy on the Eastern Question, 1903 –1908. That work forms the core of the planned monograph on The Great Neutral.


The recipient of the MCU Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Antonoff currently serves on the editorial board for Parameters.


Selected Publications

“The Great War and the Other Ocean
United States Naval War College, March 2019


“Using Mahan to Teach World History: The Statesmanship of Globalization
World History Association, July 2015


“The Great Powers and the Fall of the Qing Dynasty”
Hudson Institute, October 2011


“Balkan Crises, Then and Now: Bosnia, Macedonia, and the Great Powers, 1908-2008”
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Nov 2008


“The President and the Sultan: Theodore Roosevelt Confronts the Eastern Question”
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, June 2008


“The Story of Decolonization: Where Does It Start? Where Does It End?
American Historical Association, January 2008


“Asian Dimensions of Balkan Crises, 1903-1914”
Association of Asian Studies, March 2007


“Unilateral Action vs. Multilateral Diplomacy: The Annexation of Bosnia, 1908”
James A. Barnes Graduate Student History Conference, Temple University, February 2004


“The Far East and the Great Powers, 1907-1909”
Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University, February 2004