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John Brobst


Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

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  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. in History from the University of Kansas


John Brobst is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History. He specializes in the history of Britain as a world power, the British Empire, and international relations in the modern era. He has written and spoken widely on contemporary issues of defense and foreign policy as well as on historical questions of imperialism, geopolitics, and grand strategy. His scholarship has focused in particular on great power politics in Asia and the Middle East; navies and maritime strategy; and the history of oil and energy security. He is currently working on a book about sea power, globalism, and the Anglo-American alliance in the Indian Ocean during the Cold War.


  • The Future of the Great Game: Sir Olaf Caroe, India’s Independence, and the Defense of Asia (2005).
  • “‘No Scope for Arms Control’:  Strategy, Geography, and Naval Limitations in the Indian Ocean in the 1970s,” in Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf, edited by N. A. M. Rodger, J. Ross Dancy, Benjamin Darnell, and Evan Wilson (Woodbridge, Suffolk:  Boydell and Brewer, 2016), pp. 179-189.
  • Numerous other articles, essays, and reviews, including contributions to Middle Eastern Studies, Geopolitics, The Journal of Military History, Orbis, and H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews, among other journals and edited compilations.


  • HIST 3330: Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power
  • HIST 3866: Afghan Wars
  • HIST 3790: History of Sea Power (emphasizing the Indo-Pacific)
  • HIST 3865: Churchill’s Britain
  • HIST 3867: Rise of the British Empire
  • HIST 3868: Fall of the British Empire

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