Since the 1990s, Ohio State’s Military Frontiers Graduate Symposium has sought to spark interdisciplinary conversations and debates on themes of national and international security, military and society, war and peace. Held biannually, the conference encourages conversations between promising graduate students and established scholars on topics of contemporary relevance in the fields of foreign policy, warfare, and national security. By bringing together emerging scholars in different fields working on similar topics, the conference aims to promote communication and cooperation across academic disciplines.
In its 2021 iteration, the Military Frontiers Graduate Symposium will convene panels on multinational cooperation and military alliances at war; new frontiers in Cold War research; and the experience of minorities during wartime. In the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, we recognize the need for collaboration and cooperative thinking are greater than ever.
Mershon Senior Faculty Fellows Peter Mansoor and Dakota Rudesill serve as commentators during this event.
If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Kyle McCray, firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.
Panel Chair: David Steigerwald, Ohio State University
“‘To Wear the Uniform of One of the Nation’s Armed Services was Tantamount to Gaining Acceptance as a Patriotic American’: Italian-American Service Members in Training, 1941-1945.” Guido Rossi, Ohio State University.
Commentator: Thomas Bruscino, U.S. Army War College
“The Associational State and Women’s War Work in North Carolina, 1917–1919.” Nathan Finney, Duke University.
Commentator: David Steigerwald, Ohio State University
“Latina Soldiering and U.S.-Latin American Relations during World War II: Puerto Rican and Mexican Women in the Women’s Army Corps.” Laura Oviedo, Texas A&M University.
Commentator: Stephanie Smith, Ohio State University
Panel Chair: Michelle Paranzino, US Naval War College
“Domestic Considerations, International Ramifications: What a Global Approach Tells Us About the War on Drugs in the Western Hemisphere.” Brionna Mendoza, Ohio State University,
Commentator: Michelle Paranzino, US Naval War College
“In the Eye of the Sphinx: US Army Intelligence Collection and Surveillance, 1965-1970.” Ben Lyman, Ohio State University.
Commentator: Dakota Rudesill, Ohio State University
“‘Peace is Just an Extension of War’: Decolonization and Cold War Imperialisms at Geneva and Jinhae, 1954.” Patrick Nash, Ohio State University.
Commentator: Dr. James Lin, University of Washington
Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
“Arms Control: Can Its Future be Found in the Past?”
Panel Chair: Peter Mansoor, Ohio State University
“Lighting the Cobra’s Pipe: The Transnational Team at the Heart of the Brazilian–American Wartime Alliance, 1942–1945.” Carson Teuscher, Ohio State University.
Commentator: Andrew Buchanan, University of Vermont
“Deference and Defiance: Battlefield Setback, Civil-Military Gaps, and Presidential Decision-Making Wartime.” Theo Milonopoulos, Columbia University.
Commentator: Peter Mansoor, Ohio State University
“Cultivating Oxygen Sense: Aviation Medicine and Environmental Consciousness in the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945.” James Esposito, Ohio State University.
Commentator: David Munns, John Jay College