John Brobst

John Brobst is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in History.  Originally from California, he was born and grew up in Livermore, about 30 miles east of San Francisco.  He received his B.A. from the University of Kansas, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  Professor Brobst specializes in the history of the British Empire and international relations.  He has written widely on problems of imperialism, grand strategy, and great power politics in Asia and the Middle East.  He is the author of The Future of the Great Game:  Sir Olaf Caroe, India’s Independence, and the Defense of Asia, and is currently at work on a book about sea power and globalism in the Indian Ocean during the later stages of European decolonization in the 1960s and 70s.  His courses include:  Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power; History and Strategy of Afghan Wars; History and Strategy of Sea Power (emphasizing the Indo-Pacific); Churchill’s Britain; Rise of the British Empire; and Fall of the British Empire.