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John Brobst

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Associate Professor
Bentley Annex 447

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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 and Geography from the University of Kansas


  • British Empire

  • Geopolitics

  • Naval History

John Brobst is an associate professor of history at Ohio University, where he teaches courses on the British Empire, geopolitics, and naval history. He is broadly interested in contemporary issues of defense and foreign policy as well as historical problems of European imperialism. His research focuses on great power politics in Asia and the Middle East; sea power in the 20th and 21st centuries; and the alliance between Britain and the United States. He is currently working on a book about maritime strategy 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 1220:  Western Civilization since 1500
  • HIST 2200:  Global Military History
  • HIST 3330:  Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power
  • HIST 3866:  Afghan Wars
  • HIST 3790:  History of Sea Power
  • HIST 3865:  Churchill’s Britain
  • HIST 3867:  British Empire in the 19th Century
  • HIST 3868:  British Empire in the 20th Century