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Alex Roland
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Ph.D.Duke University1974
M.A.University of Hawaii, Manoa1970
B.S.United States Naval Academy1966
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Current projects: Separate from my scholarship and teaching, I am a student and critic of the United States civilian space program. I spent eight stimulating and rewarding years (1973-1981) as a historian with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but I have come to believe that the agency lost its way after the Apollo program. I have written extensively on this topic. My other extracurricular activities include running, tennis, mystery and historical novels, and occasional sailing when I can find my way to the sea.

I study military history and the history of technology. My focus has ranged over all of Western experience, and I have recently converted my undergraduate course in military history to a comparative world military history course. I have written about chariots in the second millennium B.C., Greek fire in medieval Byzantium, and computers and aerospace technology in the twentieth century. While I study the history of technology in general, I also focus on the ways in which technology has shaped war and war has altered technology.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Roland, A. Delta of Power The Military-Industrial Complex. JHU Press, August, 2021. 304 pages pp.  [abs]
  2. Roland, A. "Is military technology deterministic?." Vulcan 7.1 (January, 2020): 19-33. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Roland, A. "Craig L. Symonds, World War II at Sea: A Global History." Canadian Journal of History 54.1-2 (September, 2019): 269-271. [doi]
  4. Roland, A. "The lonely race to mars: The future of manned spaceflight." Space Policy Alternatives (January, 2019): 35-49. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Roland, A. "Reinventing the Propeller: Aeronautical Specialty and the Triumph of the Modern Airplane by Jeremy R. Kinney." Technology and Culture 59.4 (2018): 987-988. [doi]
Harold K. Johnson Professor of Military History, Military History Institute, U.S. Army War College, 1988-1989 Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994-1995 Dr. Leo Shifrin Professor of Naval-Military History, U.S. Naval Academy, 2001-2002