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Professor Emeritus (History and Peace, War, and Defense
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Curriculum Vitae


AB Harvard University, 1962
MS University of Wisconsin, 1964
PhD University of Wisonsin, 1968

Research Interests

Professor Kohn’s focus has been American military history generally, emphasizing national security and military policy, strategy, the American experience with war-making, and the connections between war, the military, and American society. In recent years his concentration has been on current civil-military relations, particularly civilian control of the military. His long-term projects are studies of presidential war leadership in American history and the American experience of war, but he continues to research, consult, lecture, and publish in the area of contemporary civil-military relations, military professionalism, and professional military education.

Some Notable Publications

  • Co-editor, Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001)
  • “Out of Control: The Crisis in Civil-Military Relations,” The National Interest, No. 35 (Spring 1994), 3–17
  • Editor, The United States Military under the Constitution of the United States, 17891989, (New York: New York University Press, 1991). Paperback edition 1992. Also published as No. 69 of the Revue Internationale d'Histoire Militaire, 1990
  • “The Social History of the American Soldier: A Review and Prospectus for Research,” American Historical Review, LXXXVI (1981), 553–567
  • Eagle and the Sword: The Federalists and the Creation of the Military Establishment in America, 17831802 (New York: The Free Press, 1975). Paperback edition 1985