Command and Staff College
Lon Strauss, Ph.D.

Dr. Strauss joined the Command and Staff College as an Assistant Professor of Military History in War Studies in 2017. He was a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College from 2016 to 2017. Before that, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University from 2014 to 2016. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Lecturer at the University of Kansas and Park University, as well as an Adjunct Professor online with Park University, American Military University, and Norwich University.

Dr. Strauss is currently working on a book manuscript on US military intelligence and surveillance of the home front during the First World War. He is writing an article on US war powers and the influences of national security versus civil liberties in the First World War for the international journal First World War Studies, as well as another article on current Marine Corps concepts and NATO’s northern flank for Arctic Review on Law and Politics. Dr. Strauss is co-author of War: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Armed Conflicts around the World. He wais a section-editor with 1914-1918-online from 2014-2020, published "Fear of Infectious Dissent: First World War Military Intelligence, Labor, and the Conscientious Objection of Erling Lunde" in The International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts, as well as "Breakthrough and Pursuit," a chapter in A Concise History of the Meuse-Argonne and "US Military Planning during the Interwar Period" in The Routledge Handbook for US Diplomatic and Military History. He also wrote “Trench Warfare” for Oxford Bibliographies in Military History.

Currently, Dr. Strauss is on the Membership and Staffing Committee of the Society for Military History. He is also on the editorial board of The Journal of Peace and War Studies. He has presented his research at various national and international scholarly conferences to include multiple meetings of the Society for Military History, the British Commission on Military History, the International Conference on Resisting War in the 20th Century in Portugal, the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, and more.


  • Ph.D. U.S., Military, and Modern European History, University of Kansas

  • M.A. U.S. History, California State University

  • B.A. History, Philosophy, Theater and Drama (triple major), Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • War: Contemporary Perspectives on Armed Conflicts around the World. Co-author. New York: Routledge, 2018.

  • Uncle Sam is Watching: Surveillance of Civilians in the First World War. Under review.

  • “Fear of Infectious Dissent: First World War Military Intelligence, Labor, and the Conscientious Objection of Erling Lunde,” International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts. Vol. I, No. 6. Cornell University Press. June 2015. Pp 46-63.

  • “Social Conflict and Control, Protest and Repression (USA),” a Regionalized Thematic Article in “1914-1918 online International Encyclopedia of the First World War.” Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Center for Digital Systems. Oct. 2014.

  • “Trench Warfare,” In Oxford Bibliographies in Military History. Ed. Dennis Showalter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

  • “Breakthrough and Pursuit: Drive toward Sedan,” a chapter in A Concise History of the Meuse- Argonne. Ed. Ed Lengel. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Pp 140-158.

  • “US Military Planning During the Interwar Period,” in The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, 1865 to the Present. Ed. Christos Frentzos and Antonio Thompson. New York: Routledge, 2013. Pp 117-126.

  • “The National Surveillance State, Going Strong Since 1917,” The Chronicle Blog Network, June 17, 2013.

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