Seth Givens, Ph.D.

Historian, Marine Corps History Division

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War
  • Civil-military relations
  • NATO strategy
  • Transatlantic relations
  • Secondary Interests: Soviet Union, Global War on Terror


  • Ph.D., Military History, 2018, Ohio University


Seth Givens is an historian at the Marine Corps History Division. He received his Ph.D. in military history from Ohio University, where he wrote a dissertation on Berlin’s role in U.S. policy and strategy toward Europe throughout the Cold War. His focus is on strategy, civil-military relations, and the transatlantic alliance. At the History Division, his focus is the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is writing the official history of the Marine Corps in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Selected Publications

On Our Terms: U.S. Marines in Operation Dewey Canyon, 22 January to 18 March 1969. Quantico: Marine Corps History Division, forthcoming.

“SACEUR as Statesman: Politico-Military Leadership in NATO, 1951-1967,” Temple of Peace? International Cooperation and World Order since 1945. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, forthcoming.

“How Normandy Affected the Pacific Theater,” Campaign in Normandy. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, forthcoming.

“The History Division & Change in the Marine Corps: A Historiography.” Marine Corps History 5, no. 1 (2019): 27-40.

“Liberating the Germans: Looting and the U.S. Army in Germany during the Second World War.” War in History 21, no. 1 (2014): 33-54.

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