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Christopher S. Stowe​, Ph.D.

Professor of Military History/Department Head, War Studies
Command and Staff College

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 784-1053
Email: christopher.stowe@usmcu.edu
Areas of Interest: Civil War


Ph.D. History, University of Toledo
M.A. History, University of Toledo
B.A. Communication, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Christopher S. Stowe, Professor of Military History, serves as War Studies Department Head, Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University. Prior to his 2014 arrival at MCU, Dr. Stowe served eight years with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in its Department of Military History. He has also held academic positions with a number of institutions of higher learning, including McNeese State University and the University of Toledo.


Dr. Stowe has presented at the Society for Military History Annual Meeting, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Atlantic Council, the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, the New England Civil War Symposium at the Massachusetts School of Law, the Palo Alto International Conference on the Mexican-American War, the Ohio Academy of History, the Louisiana Historical Association, and before numerous other groups. He has also been featured on C-SPAN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network, the Art of Engineering podcast, and Civil War Talk Radio.


Dr. Stowe’s publications include articles in Civil War History, Marine Corps Gazette, Army History, Northwest Ohio History, Columbiad: A Quarterly Review of the War Between the States, the Papers of the Second Palo Alto Conference, USA Today, and ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, plus dozens of scholarly reviews. He has contributed chapters to Corps Commanders in Blue: Union Major Generals in the Civil War (LSU Press) and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the American Civil War (Oxford University Press), while his first full-length book, George Gordon Meade: A Nineteenth-Century Life (Kent State University Press), is nearing completion. The United States Army Historical Foundation nominated his work in 2016 for its Distinguished Writing Award.


The recipient of academic fellowships with the United States Military Academy and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Dr. Stowe currently serves on the editorial board for Marine Corps University Journal.


Dr. Stowe earned his doctorate and M.A. degrees in history from the University of Toledo, and his undergraduate degree in communication from the Pennsylvania State University.


Selected Publications

“Toward Hard War: The Peninsula Campaign and Jackson in the Valley, 1862,” The Oxford Handbook of the American Civil War, ed. Lorien Foote and Earl J. Hess (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, in press).

“Staff Riding in the Twenty-First Century: A Need for Pedagogical Change?” Army History 110 (Winter 2019): 20-27 (with Bradford A. Wineman and Paul D. Gelpi).

“The Staff Ride: A Model for the 21st Century,” Marine Corps Gazette 102, no. 7 (July 2018): 70-75 (with Bradford A. Wineman and Paul D. Gelpi).

“George Gordon Meade and the Boundaries of Nineteenth-Century Military Masculinity,” Civil War History 61, no. 4 (2015): 362-99.

“‘The Longest and Clearest Head of Any General Officer’: George Gordon Meade as Corps Commander, December 1862-June 1863,” in Corps Commanders in Blue: Union Major Generals in the Civil War, ed. Ethan S. Rafuse (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014), 112-55.