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Bryant P. Shaw, Ph.D.

Troy University
Troy, Alabama 36082
Phone: (334) 670-3513


Dr. Shaw is Professor and Chairman of the History Department (Troy campus) at Troy University.  Since his arrival at the University in 2001, he has taught the American history and Western Civilization survey classes, as well as courses in African History, Disease and History, Historiography and Research, and the Senior Seminar.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship for research on the military history of the Belgian Congo. 

Dr. Shaw has assisted the USAF Special Operations University, the Marshall Center in Germany, and the Defense Institute for Medical Operations on issues concerning the military and democracy, and on African militaries and HIV/AIDS.  Before retiring from the US Air Force in 1999, Dr. Shaw served in a variety of positions dealing with special operations, intelligence, political-military affairs, and education. His final military assignment was as Director of Academic Affairs at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.  From 1992-1996 he was a faculty member, Department Chair, and Assistant Dean at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where he held the College’s Distinguished Chair of National Military Strategy.  From 1988 to 1991, Dr. Shaw worked for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Africa Region, in the Pentagon. He also taught in the History Department at the USAF Academy.

While in the Air Force, Dr. Shaw created a “Defense and Democracy” seminar program for the Department of Defense, which he has presented to audiences in 16 African countries, and to foreign audiences in the United States over the past 12 years.

Before joining the United States Air Force in 1970, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Botswana from 1966-1969.

Professor Shaw’s teaching and research interests focus on US and African history, the history of democracy, civil-military relations, and the history of infectious diseases.  His publications have appeared in The Journal of Conflict Studies, Armed Forces Journal International, Air University Review, and the Airpower Journal.

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