B.A. (History), University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (International Relations), University of San Diego
Ph.D. (History/International Relations), University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Swanson’s scholarly interests focus on US History with emphasis on the Colonial/Revolutionary period and 19thcentury westward expansion. Much of his current research and teaching centers on 20thcentury US Marine Corps and Navy history. Although not part of the CSC curriculum, he also maintains a strong interest in the history of military medicine. He teaches an elective on the United States in the Pacific covering the period from 1784 to 1945.
Before joining the CSC faculty in 2001, Dr. Swanson served as a Communications Officer in the Marine Corps. He had assignments with the 1stMarines, 7thMarines, 17thMAU, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler (Okinawa), and the Naval Council of Personnel Boards (Arlington, VA). Academic assignments while on active duty included teaching in the Political Science Department at the US Naval Academy, serving as a Field Historian for the Marine Corps History Division, and as the CSC Curriculum Officer at the College of Continuing Educations (now CDET). He retired from active duty in 2001 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Dr. Swanson has published articles in theOxford Companion to American Military History,Fortitudine,Naval History, andThe Journal of America’s Military Past. For several years, he lectured on the Pacific War for Annual Congressional World War II Symposiums at the Rayburn House Office Building. He has also given presentations for the World War II Veterans Committee Conference, the Japanese-American Military History Exchange Conference, NDU, and the Joint History Office. He has served as a Visiting Scholar to CDET to Henderson Hall, Norfolk, Cherry Point, Camp Lejeune, Parris Island, Camp Pendleton, Hawaii, and Okinawa. Dr. Swanson has also taught CSC CDET courses while underway for the 22nd, 24th, and 26thMEUs. He actively supports the MCU International Students frequently serving as a guide and escort on their PME and FSP trips to Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Diego, and New York. Additionally, he regularly provides similar support for outside groups like the 82nd Airborne, Wounded Warriors, 8thCommunications Battalion, the British Royal Marines, and the Canadian Army.