Associate Professor of History
Intelligence Studies and Global Affairs Department
Prescott College of Security and Intelligence
Prescott campus

Office Hours

See posted schedule outside of my office for current office hours.

Areas of Expertise

War and Society, Race and the Military, Race and Politics, Cold War History, American Foreign Policy, Chinese History, History of the American War in Vietnam, and Southern American History.

Geoffrey W. Jensen (UARK, PhD 2010) joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott in 2011.  A War and Society (or New Military History) specialist, Jensen’s research focuses on the confluence of race, gender, liberal reform efforts, the Cold War, and the American military.  His first book, The Routledge Handbook of the History of Race and the American Military (2016), is an edited volume comprising of twenty articles exploring various aspects of race and the American military.   He is currently at work with a colleague on an edited volume exploring aspects of race, gender, the environment, and politics during the American war in Vietnam.  Additionally, Jensen is conducting research on a monograph exploring the trials and tribulations of African American tankers during World War II.  A regular presenter at the Society for Military History Annual Conference, his work has been generously supported by grants from Embry-Riddle, and the Lyndon B. Johnson and Harry S. Truman presidential libraries.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of Arkansas System (AR) : Fayetteville

African American Military History, 1770 to Present

American Military History, 1900 to Present

American Presidents and War (seminar)

Research seminar (Graduate)

Strategic Intelligence: Diplomacy, Covert Operations, and War (Graduate Seminar)

The American War in Vietnam: 1945-1975 (Graduate Seminar)

The Cultural Cold War (seminar)

US-Asian Relations, 1850-2000 (seminar)

US Foreign Policy, 1890-Present

US History (I and II)

Western Civilizations (I and II)

World Civilizations (I and II)

World Civilizations II (Online)

World Civilizations II (Honors)



Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam Conflict, co-editor and contributor.  Denton: University of North Texas Press, (Under Contract)

The Routledge Handbook of the History of Race in the American Military, editor and contributor. New York: Routledge Press, 2016. (Paperback 2018)

Black Steel: The African American Tankers of World War II (Working Title)


“Eisenhower and Race:  Reexamining Ike through the lens of the Racial Desegregation of the Armed Forces” (Working title).

Encyclopedia entries:

Entries in Alexander M. Bielakowski, Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2013), 159-161: “Desegregation of the Department of Defense School System”; “Desegregation of the Veteran’s Administration”

Book Reviews:

Linda Hervieux, Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. New York, Harper, 2015.  H-War, H-Net Reviews (Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2018)

Judith L. Van Buskirk, Standing in Their Own Light: African American Patriots in the American Revolution.  Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. H-War, H-Net Reviews,, February 2018


Scott McGaugh, Honor Before Glory.  Boston, Da Capo Press, 2016.  The Journal of Military History (October 2017)

Douglas R. Egerton, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America. New York, Basic Books, 2016. H-War, H-Net Reviews,, July 2017

Jennifer Mittelstadt, The Rise of the Military Welfare State. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2015. H-War, H-Net Reviews,, August 2016

Christine Knauer. Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights.  Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.  H-War, H-Net Reviews,, November 2014

Kimberley L. Phillips.  War!  What Is It Good For? Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War I to Iraq.  Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina Press, 2012. H-War, H-Net Reviews,, July 2012

David W. Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Cambridge, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. H-War, H-Net Reviews,, March, 2012

Chad Williams, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2010.  Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Volume LXX, Number 3, Autumn 2011, pp. 343-345

R. Gregory Nokes, Massacred For Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon, Corvallis, Oregon State University Press, 2009. Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Volume 101, Number 3-4, Summer/Fall 2010, pp. 167-168

Select Conference and Public Presentations

Panelist, “War as a driving force of History. 19th and 20th Centuries.”  Panel within the 14th Conference of the Spanish Association of Contemporary History, Alicante, Spain, 2018

Guest Speaker, “What is History?” Scholarly Speaking, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, 2017

Presenter, “The Tragedy of the Triumvirate: Project 100,000 ”, “Waging Peace” Conference, Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2016

Presenter, “‘It is without question our shining opportunity’: The Perplexing Perception of Project 100,000”, The Society for Military History Annual Meeting, 2015

Presenter, “The War on Poverty meets the Vietnam Conflict: Project 100,000”, Policy History Conference, 2014

Guest Speaker, “On the Prowl: The Black Panthers of the 761st and their Crusade in Europe”, Faculty Research Presentation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, 2014. Available online at

Presenter, “Presidential Prerogative: A Comparison of Lincoln and Truman’s Civil Rights Reforms in the Military”, The Society for Military History Annual Meeting, 2013

Presenter, “Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Red Menace, Truman, Southern Segregationists, and the Desegregation of the Armed Forces”, West Point Summer Seminar Fellow Presentation, 2012

Presenter, “Getting in the Way of the Action: Kennedy, the Cold War, and Civil Rights Reform in the Military”, The Society for Military History Annual Meeting, 2011

Presenter, “Waging the War on Poverty: Project 100,000”, Arkansas Association of College History Teachers Annual Meeting, 2010

Presenter, “Through the Specter of Communism: Truman, Southern Segregationists, and the Integration of the Armed Forces”, Session: Segregation and Integration in the American Military, Missouri Valley Historical Conference, 2010  

Professional affiliations:

American Historical Association, 2012-Present

The Society for Military History, 2009-Present

Fellowships, Grants and Awards:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Faculty Development Fund Grant, 2016

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Security and Intelligence Studies Researcher of the Year, 2015-16

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Faculty Development Fund Grant, 2015

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Faculty Development Fund Grant, 2013-2014

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Internal Research Grant, 2013-2014

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Student Government Association Faculty of the Semester, Fall 2013

West Point Summer Seminar Fellow, 2012

Harry S. Truman Library Institute, Research Grant, 2010

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Moody Research Grant, 2008