Andrew Orr

Office: 201A Calvin Hall

Andrew Orr

Andrew Orr is a specialist in modern military history. He received his B.A. from Claremont Mckenna College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His work focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries and explores the boundaries of civilian and military identity. His first book, Women and the French Army 1914-1904, studied women’s roles in the French military and civil-military relations in France during the era of the world wars. Dr. Orr has published on intelligence operations in the Middle East, imperialism, civil-military relations, and the history of French Communist Party. His current projects include a book on French involvement in the Turkish War of Independence and a cultural history of the military in American life since 1973. He teaches classes in European history, American military history, and African history. Dr. Orr accepts history graduate students in European history, European and American military history, and security studies.

Selected Publications


Women and the French Army during the World War, 1914-1940 (Indiana University Press, 2017)

Articles and Chapters:

“The Co-Construction of the Black Sea Mutiny: Communist Hagiography, Soviet Influence, and Re-Remembering the Mutiny” French History, March 2018.

“‘Too Numerous to be Controlled’: Women, Professionalism, and Anti-Republicanism in the French Army, 1914-1928” French Historical Studies, Special Issue on France and the Great War, April 2016.

“‘We Call You to Holy War’: Mustafa Kemal, Communism, and Germany in French Intelligence Nightmares, 1919-1923” Journal of Military History, October 2011.

“‘The Consequences Would Certainly be Fatal’: Voting Rights and the French Army 1920-1928” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History Vol 39,(Published Jan 2014)

“Dealing with the “Victorious Turks:” French responses to Mustafa Kemal and the Turkish War of Independence, 1919-1924” in Regional Wars, Global Consequences (Sofia University Press, Forthcoming 2018)

“Plan Z: The Popular Front, Civil-Military Relations and the French Army’s Plan to Defeat a Second Paris Commune, 1934-1936” The International Journal of Military History and Historiography, (Forthcoming Spring 2019)

Classes Taught


  • HIST 112 World History, 1500-Present
  • HIST 155 U.S. Military History, 1775-Present
  • HIST 510 World War I
  • HIST 563 Europe in the 20th Century


  • HIST 855 History and Security: Modern Africa
  • HIST 983 Topics in Military History
  • HIST 990 Seminar in Military History