Christopher S. Stowe, Ph.D.

Professor of Military History
Command and Staff College

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 784-4513

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. military history
  • Nineteenth-century military history
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Civil-military relations


  • Ph.D., 2005, History, University of Toledo
  • M.A., 1996, History, University of Toledo
  • B.A., 1989, Communication, Pennsylvania State University


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 Oxford Handbook of the American Civil War (Oxford University Press), while his first full-length book, George Gordon Meade: A Nineteenth-Century Life, is nearing completion. The United States Army Historical Foundation nominated his work on Meade and military masculinity for its Distinguished Writing Award in 2016. He has presented papers before, or served on panels with, the Society for Military History Annual Meeting, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Association of British American Nineteenth-Century Historians, 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 numerous other groups. He has been a featured contributor on C-SPAN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network, the Art of Engineering podcast, and Civil War Talk Radio.

Dr. Stowe taught previously at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, McNeese State University, and the University of Toledo. The recipient of academic fellowships with the United States Military Academy and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, he was awarded the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2011, its Superior Civilian Service Award in 2014, Marine Corps University’s Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence in 2023, and the MCU Command and Staff College Faculty Innovation Award in 2023.

Selected Recent Publications

  • “The Peninsula Campaign and Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, 1862,” The Oxford Handbook of the American Civil War, ed. Lorien Foote and Earl J. Hess (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2021), 236-55.
  • “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.


  • Editorial Board, Journal of Advanced Military Studies, 2016-2021
  • War Studies Department Head, CSC, 2015-2020
  • Member, JCS 2030 Vision and Guidance for Professional Military Education and Talent Management Implementation Team, J7, Department of Defense, 2019-2020
  • Member, Joint Education and Doctrine/Officer Professional Military Education Program Planning Cell, J7, Department of Defense, 2019
  • Member, CJCS Professional Military Education and Talent Management Operational Planning Team, National Defense University, 2018- 2019
  • Member, Marine Corps University Faculty Council, 2015-18

Professional Memberships

  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society for Military History
  • Society of Civil War Historians
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Association of British American Nineteenth-Century Historians



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