Geoffrey Jensen

Title
Associate Professor of History
Email
Department
Global Security and Intelligence Studies Depart
College
Prescott College of Security & Intelligence

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  Jensen

I am a tenured Associate Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle, Prescott, Arizona.  As a War and Society historian, my research focuses on the confluence of race, civil rights and liberal reform efforts in the American military during the twentieth century.  I edited The Routledge Handbook of the History of Race and the American Military (2016; paperback 2018), which is comprised of twenty articles exploring various aspects of race and the American military.  In that volume, I authored a chapter on Harry S. Truman and Executive Order 9981, which began the racial transformation of the American military during the Cold War. 

My most recent work, Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam War (2019), is an edited volume that explores various subjects dealing with the war in Vietnam and includes, but is not limited to, race, the environment, the War on Poverty, memory, geography, politics, gender and the role of women in the war.  Within this study, I penned a chapter on the often-criticized Project 100,000, a program originally designed to aid the American poor through Cold War military service. 

On several occasions, I have presented my work during the Society for Military History’s annual meeting.  Additionally, I have authored over a dozen book reviews for H-War (H-Net), The Journal of Military History, and The Strategy Bridge.  And lastly, I am a former West Point Summer Seminar Fellow, and my research has been generously supported by grants from Embry-Riddle, and the Lyndon B. Johnson and Harry S. Truman presidential libraries.

I am currently working on three different monographs.  The first is a manuscript reinterpreting the significance of the racial integration of the armed forces during the Cold War.  The second is a work exploring the trials and tribulations of African American armored personnel fighting in the European Theater of World War II. Lastly, I am beginning research on a work that explores the role and influence Theodore Roosevelt, from his time as a Rough Rider to the presidency, had on African American soldiers he served with and later commanded as the Commander-in-chief.




  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of Arkansas

  • SS 120: U.S. History
  • SS 110: World History

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)




SERIES EDITOR


The American Military and Society, University of North Texas Press, 2019-Present


BOOKS


Born out of the Necessity of War: The Cold War Racial Integration of the American Armed Forces, 1948-1968  (Under Contract, Kansas 2021)


Editor with Matthew M. Stith, Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam Conflict, Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2019


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


BOOK REVIEWS


Over a dozen reviews published or forthcoming in:  The Journal of Military History, H-Net, The Strategy Bridge, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and Pacific Northwest Quarterly


ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES


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


CURRENT BOOK PROJECTS


On the Prowl: The Black Panthers of the 761st and their Crusade in Europe (Book-Length Manuscript in Preparation) I am nearing completion of the preliminary research on this book, which explores the story of the African American tankers of Second World War with special emphasis of the Black Panthers of the 761st.  


The Rough Rider and the Smoked Yankees: Racism and Imagery, Warfare, Theodore Roosevelt, and America’s Black Soldiers (Book-Length Manuscript in Preparation) I am beginning research on this title that examines the role and relationship that Theodore Roosevelt, before and after becoming president, had with America’s African American military personnel and how that shaped their service during the early twentieth century.




PROFESSIONAL TALKS

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION


[Chair] “The Citizen-Soldier”, The Society for Military History Annual Meeting, 2019


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


“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


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


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

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


“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


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


“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  

[Chair] "Matters of Race and Media", Session VIII-A, Louisiana Historical Association Annual Conference, 2009


INVITED LECTURES


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


“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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP0RFgwv3mY


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


"The First African American Students at the University of Arkansas, Washington County Historical Lecture Series, 2007


MANUSCRIPT AND PROPOSAL REFEREE


The University of Massachusetts Press (2020)


Arkansas Historical Quarterly (2019)


TEXTBOOK and MANUSCRIPT ADVISOR


Proofreader, The Holodomor, eds, Michal Dworczyk, Robert Kusnierz, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Sejmowe, 2020


Textbook Reviewer, Connections: A World History, 2016


Textbook Reviewer, The American Promise, 2011


Textbook Reviewer, Patterns of World History, 2010


Textbook Reviewer, A History of Western Society, 2010


Textbook Reviewer, The World, A History, Second Edition, 2010


Textbook Reviewer, The Making of the West, A Concise History, Vol. II, 2008




Professional affiliations:

The Society for Military History, 2009-Present


TEACHING AWARDS


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


FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND RESEARCH AWARDS


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


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Faculty Development Fund Grant, 2013-2014, 2015, 2016


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


United States Military Academy (West Point), West Point Summer Seminar Fellow, 2012


Harry S. Truman Library Institute, Research Grant, 2010


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