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John Southard

Visiting Lecturer
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2011
phone: 404-413-5896
email: jsouthard@gsu.edu

John specializes in U.S. military history, specifically the Vietnam War. His dissertation, "The Marine Corps Way: Combined Action Platoons in the Vietnam War," examines the social, cultural, and military obstacles that Americans in the Combined Action Program encountered while providing 24-hour security in the Vietnamese villages where they lived for months. His work focuses on how the Americans involved in this specific counterinsurgency program attempted to adapt to the Vietnamese way of life while isolated in the villages.

John received his BBA and MA from TCU, and PhD from Texas Tech University, where he taught courses in general U.S. history and U.S. military affairs in the 20th century.

He is currently working on a book manuscript and has an article as part of an edited volume under review with Oxford Scholars Publishing.