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Don Mrozek

Professor of history

Don MrozekDon Mrozek, a professor of history at K-State since 1972 and a faculty member of the university’s new Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies, is a specialist in American military history, with particular interests in civil-military relations, the interplay between societal development and military institutions, American notions about the nature of war and aspects of American military aviation. He also studies the 20th century in general and American cultural history, with an emphasis on the history of sport and the emergence of mass popular culture.

His extensive writings include serving as co-editor of "A Guide to the Sources of U.S. Military History" and supplements in 1980, 1986, 1993 and 1998; "Air Power and the Ground War in Vietnam"; "Sport and American Mentality, 1880-1910," which was written with help from the National Endowment for the Humanities; "Historical Perspectives on Reform of the American Military," Military History, Vol. 1990.6"; and co-editor of "Sports Periodicals."

Among his current projects is a study on international air power since 1945.

His many honors include the honorary rank of visiting professor at South Central College for Nationalities and at Central China Normal University, both in Wuhan in the People’s Republic of China. He served as a visiting research fellow at the Airpower Research Institute at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., from 1982-1984; and received a Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award from K-State in 1994. He also is a member of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Harry S Truman Library Institute.

Mrozek, who served as chair of K-State’s department of history from 1991-1999, received his doctorate from Rutgers University.

Mrozek can be contacted at 785-532-0377 or mrozek@k-state.edu.