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Dowd Distinguished Professor; Chair, Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense
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PhD Duke University, 1999

Research Interests

Wayne Lee specializes in early modern military history, with a particular focus on North America and the Atlantic World, but he teaches military history from a full global perspective at the undergraduate and graduate level. He also teaches courses on violence as well as on the early English exploration of the Atlantic. As a kind of additional career, he works with archaeology projects, and recently published his work (listed below) from a project in the mountains of northern Albania. He is now working on a new project in southern Greece. For more details on Professor Lee’s research see the link to his web page below.

Some Notable Publications

  • Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Editor, with Michael Galaty, Ols Lafe, and Zamir Tafilica, Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2013)
  • Barbarians and Brothers: Anglo-American Warfare, 1500-1865 (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Editor, Warfare and Culture in World History (NYU Press, 2011)
  • Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina: The Culture of Violence in Riot and War (University Press of Florida, 2001)
  • “Fortify, Fight, or Flee: Tuscarora and Cherokee Defensive Warfare and Military Culture Adaptation,” Journal of Military History 68 (2004): 713–770

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

For current information about course offerings, click here.

  • HIST 292H—Early English Exploration and Colonization
  • HIST 351—Global History of Warfare
  • PWAD 350—National and International Security