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2021 Military Frontiers Graduate Student Symposium

April 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am - April 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Military Frontiers Graduate Student Symposium

An Interdisciplinary Conversation on National Security 

Ohio State University Virtual Conference

Friday, April 16, 2021


For the past three decades, this biannual conference has sought to spark interdisciplinary conversations and debates between promising graduate students and established scholars on themes of national and international security, military and society, and war and peace. Held in partnership with the America in the World Consortium and OSU’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the conference’s 2021 iteration will feature two acclaimed keynote speakers and will convene panels on multinational cooperation and military alliances at war, nuclear power and proliferation, international law enforcement in a transnational context, and the experience of minorities during wartime. The conference, entirely remote and cost-free for its participants, offers graduate student presenters an invaluable opportunity to receive targeted feedback from a specialist in their field and to showcase their work before an interdisciplinary audience of scholars working at the crossroads of history, political science, international relations, and military studies.


(All times EST)

9:00–10:45 a.m. – Panel 1: Recruitment, Assimilation, and Integration: Minorities at War

Panel Chair: David Steigerwald, Ohio State University 

Guido Rossi, 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”

                Commentator: Thomas Bruscino, U.S. Army War College

Nathan Finney, Duke University, “The Associational State and Women’s War Work in North Carolina, 1917–1919”

                Commentator: David Steigerwald, Ohio State University 

Laura Oviedo, Texas A&M University, “Latina Soldiering and U.S.-Latin American Relations during World War II: Puerto Rican and Mexican Women in the Women’s Army Corps”

                 Commentator: Stephanie Smith, Ohio State University 

10:45–11:15 a.m. – Break 

11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Panel 2: New Frontiers in Cold War Research 

Panel Chair: Michelle Paranzino, US Naval War College 

Brionna Mendoza, Ohio State University, “Domestic Considerations, International Ramifications: What a Global Approach Tells Us About the War on Drugs in the Western Hemisphere”

               Commentator: Michelle Paranzino, US Naval War College 

Ben Lyman, Ohio State University, “In the Eye of the Sphinx: US Army Intelligence Collection and Surveillance, 1965-1970”

                Commentator: Dakota Rudesill, Ohio State University 

Patrick Nash, Ohio State University, “‘Peace is Just an Extension of War’: Decolonization and Cold War Imperialisms at Geneva and Jinhae, 1954”

               Commentator: Dr. James Lin, University of Washington

1:00–1:30 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:30–2:45 p.m. – Sean Judge Memorial Lecture (Keynote Address)

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?” 

2:45–3:15 p.m. – Afternoon Break

3:15–5 p.m. – Panel 3: Military Alliances, Coalitions, and Cooperation in Wartime

Panel Chair: Peter Mansoor, Ohio State University 

Carson Teuscher, Ohio State University, “Lighting the Cobra’s Pipe: The Transnational Team at the Heart of the Brazilian­­–American Wartime Alliance, 1942–1945”

                  Commentator: Andrew Buchanan, University of Vermont 

Theo Milonopoulos, Columbia University, “Deference and Defiance: Battlefield Setback, Civil-Military Gaps, and Presidential Decision-Making Wartime”

                 Commentator: Peter Mansoor, Ohio State University

James Esposito, Ohio State University, “Cultivating Oxygen Sense: Aviation Medicine and Environmental Consciousness in the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945”

                Commentator: David Munns, John Jay College 




April 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am
April 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm