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Ambrose-Hesseltine Professor of U.S. Military History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Irregular warfare
• Colonial and postcolonial conflict
• U.S. defense policy
• Civil-military relations

John W. Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair in U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also co-founder and co-chair of the War in Society and Culture Program.  He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare. He is a past president of the Society for Military History and a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel, with past assignments as a historian to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War. Harvard University Press, 2009.

“To Starve an Army: How Great Power Armies Respond to Austerity.” In Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security Strategy, edited by Jeremi Suri and Benjamin A. Valentino, 166-195. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“An Irregular Reconsideration of George Washington and the American Military Tradition,” Journal of Military History 78, no. 3 (July 2014): 961-993.

“‘My Favorite Officer’: George Washington’s Apprentice, Nathanael Greene,” in Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés, ed. Robert McDonald, 149-168 (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013).

‘A Reckless Waste of Blood and Treasure’: The Last Campaign of the Second Seminole War,” in Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars, ed. Matthew Moten (New York: Free Press, 2011).

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