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Ingo Trauschweizer

Ingo Trauschweizer, portrait
Professor & Director of Contemporary History Institute
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  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland (2006)
  • M.A. in History from the University of Maryland (2000)

Research and Publications

  • U.S. Military and Contemporary History
  • Modern European History
  • Cold War; International History; War and Society

Ingo Trauschweizer is a Professor in the History Department and the director of the Contemporary History Institute. His research focuses on strategy and policy, military institutions, civil-military relations, and the significance of war in American and European history and culture. His new book, Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam, presents an intellectual biography of Maxwell D. Taylor and a study of the national security establishment in the Cold War. His first book, The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War, won the Distinguished Book Prize of the Society for Military History. An edited collection (with Steven Miner) on Failed States and Fragile Societies and another, on Temple of Peace: International Cooperation and Stabilityappeared in June 2014 and March 2021, respectively. In addition, he has published several chapters and articles on Cold War era history, militarism, and ways of war in academic and professional journals and essay collections. Together with David J. Ulbrich, Trauschweizer edits a book series on War and Society in North America for Ohio University Press.

Personal Profile

Ingo Trauschweizer advises M.A. and Ph.D. students in U.S. military history, international history, the history of the Cold War, and other subjects related to contemporary U.S. political history and transatlantic relations. Ph.D.s who studied under his direction hold positions at the Center for Naval Analyses, the U.S. Marine Corps Historian’s Office, the Department of the Navy, the National World War II Museum, the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, and RAND.

Professor Trauschweizer previously taught at Norwich University and New Mexico Tech and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He began his studies in his native Germany at the University of Tübingen and earned an M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2006) in International and Diplomatic History at the University of Maryland.


In 2018-19, Ingo Trauschweizer directed a National Endowment for the Humanities funded dialogues program for veterans at Ohio University.

His courses include:

  • HIST 1330: World History since 1750
  • HIST 2010: Survey of U.S. History since the Civil War
  • HIST 2200: War and the World
  • HIST 3050: The U.S. and the Vietnam War
  • HIST 3211: American Military History
  • HIST 3213: War, Violence, and Modernity
  • HIST 3743: The Cold War

He also teaches honor tutorials and graduate-level courses in the History Department and the Contemporary History Institute. Most of these courses fulfill requirements in the War and Peace Studies program.