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Department of History

Marjorie Galelli

Galelli staff pictureAssistant Professor
Associate Director of the Institute for Military History
Office: 103 Calvin
Email: galelli@ksu.edu
Twitter: @marjoriegalelli 


Marjorie Galelli is a military historian whose work focuses on the modern United States' military, with an emphasis on unconventional warfare, civil-military relations, and the role of the media in shaping foreign policy. She is currently finishing her first manuscript, Searching for Victory: How Counterinsurgency Shaped Operation Iraqi Freedom, which focuses on the United States’ adoption of counterinsurgency over the course of the war in Iraq, and explains how it rose from discarded concept to become the defining doctrine of the war. 

Dr. Galelli helped create and co-directs the Teaching Military History project, a digital platform that offers a wide range of resources to promote the teaching of military history and help instructors branch out of their areas of expertise. 

Dr. Galelli received her PhD from The University of Kansas in 2022 before becoming a Henry Chauncey Jr. '57 Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Studies program at Yale University for a year. She joined the History Department faculty at Kansas State University in the fall of 2023. 


Selected Publications:

The Last Word: It’s Been Twenty Years—Time for Historians to Turn to Iraq.” Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (April 2023).

“Haunted by the Lessons of 'the Good War’: Post-Cold War Contestation of World War II Narratives,” co-authored with Michael Stricof in Memory and Identity: Ghosts of the Past in the English-Speaking World. Memory Studies: Global Constellations. New York, NY: Routledge, 2023. 


Courses Taught:

  • HIST 155 - The US Military History Survey
  • HIST 301 - Hollywood and the Military
  • HIST 593 - The Vietnam War