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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
jolmstead@uco.edu (405) 974-5279 History and Geography LAN 201E , Box 164

About

Justin Quinn Olmstead, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history, director of history education and faculty grant coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Olmstead is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has published, The United States’ Entry into the First World War: The Role of British and German Diplomacy (Boydell & Brewer, 2018) and edited two books, Reconsidering Peace and Patriotism during the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and Britain in the Islamic World: Imperial and Post-Imperial Connections (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). His next book, Building NATO, 1945-1955: Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Anglo-American Alliance is under contract with Lexington Books. He has another book on Leadership and Policy in Times of Crisis: The Churchill-Eisenhower Relationship in Perspective under a provisional contract with the University of Kansas Press.

            Currently, he is the assistant editor for The Middle Ground Journal, Treasurer for Britain and the World, and president-elect of the Western Conference on British Studies, a Senior Fellow at the Armed Services Institute in the Center for Military Life, Thomas University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. His current research includes leadership, the diplomacy of alliances, economic warfare, and the evolution of protective security.

Education and Certifications

Olmstead holds degrees in political science (Washburn University, 1993), history (Southwestern College, 2001), a master's degree (Emporia State University, 2006) and a Ph.D. (University of Sheffield, 2013). He also earned his teaching certificate in 2001.

Classes Taught

Graduate:

20th Century American Diplomacy (readings)

Modern Britain in the World (research)

The First World War (research)

Politics and Politicians in the First World War (World) (research)

Upper-level/Blended Graduate Courses

19th Century America and the Atlantic World

20th Century American in the World

19th Century American Diplomatic History

20th Century American Diplomatic History

Historical Research

The First World War

Global Transformations in History

The French Revolution and Napoleon

The Middle East and Far East Asia

US History since 1877

World History, 1500 to present

Professional and Community Involvement

Fellow, Royal Historical Society

Treasurer and Director of Membership, Britain and the World (BATW)

Founding Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Armed Services Institute at the Center for Military Life, Thomas University, GA

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK

Concurrent Appointment, Swansea University, Wales, UK, College of Arts and Humanities, Affiliated Faculty with responsibility for doctoral research supervision

Assistant Editor, The Middle Ground Journal

President-elect, Western Conference on British Studies (WCBS)

Oklahoma Social Studies Advisory Team, Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability

Program Review Advisory Board (PRAB), Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability

Former Board Member and Secretary, Midwest World History Association

Honors and Awards

August 2020 – ‘A Public and Private Partnership: British Economic Warfare Planning, 1905-1945’, Co-primary investigator with Dr. Randal Ice (College of Business), Externally Reviewed, On-Campus Grant, University of Central Oklahoma - $7,500

September 2019 – Oklahoma Humanities Council Major Grant – ‘Teaching the Middle East’, A Summer Teachers Institute - $5,000

June 2019 – ‘How Powers Adapt’, Co-primary investigator with Dr. Randal Ice (College of Business), Externally Reviewed, On-Campus Grant, University of Central Oklahoma - $6,500

2018-2019 - UCO, College of Liberal Arts, Outstanding Scholarly/Creative Activity Award ($750)

2018 - Masonic Endowment for Transformative Learning Award ($9,000)

June 2018 – ‘Lessons in Leadership: Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Changing of the Guard’, Co-primary investigator with Dr. Randal Ice (College of Business), Externally Reviewed, On-Campus Grant, University of Central Oklahoma - $9,000

September 2018 – Oklahoma Humanities Council Opportunity Grant - $1,000

February 2018 – Oklahoma Humanities Council Opportunity Grant – ‘Public Leadership: Will Democracy Survive AI and Social Bots?’ - $1,000

September 2017 – UCO RSCA Grant - $500

June 2017 – ‘Insuring Victory: Lloyd’s of London and the British Government During the First World War’, Co-primary investigator with Dr. Randal Ice (College of Business), Externally Reviewed On-Campus Grant, University of Central Oklahoma – $8,000

September 2016 – UCO RSCA Grant - $500

June 2016 – ‘Insuring Victory: Lloyd’s of London and the British Government During the First World War’, Co-primary investigator with Dr. Randal Ice (College of Business), Externally Reviewed On-Campus Grant, University of Central Oklahoma - $8,000

September 2015 – UCO RSCA Grant - $500                                                                        

May 2015 - ‘Insuring Victory: Lloyd’s of London and the British Government During the First World War’, Co-primary investigator with Dr. Randal Ice (College of Business), Externally Reviewed On-Campus Grant, University of Central Oklahoma - $6,000

October 2014 - UCO New Faculty Grant - $500

June 2006 - Gilder-Lehrman Institute, America between the Wars, Columbia University - $ 500

June 2005 - Gilder-Lehrman Institute, Interpreting the Constitution, Stanford University, facilitators, Jack Rakove and Larry D. Kramer - $500

January 2005 - Project Primary Sources, U.S. Dept. of Education Grant, Pittsburg State University - $30,000

January 2003 - Teachers as Scholars in Kansas (TASK), U.S. Dept. of Education Grant, Emporia State University, Chanute Public Schools - $30,000

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Publications

Books

  • Leadership and Policy in Times of Crisis: The Churchill-Eisenhower Relationship in Perspective. Under contract with University of Kansas Press.
  • Building NATO, 1945-1955: Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Anglo-American Alliance. Under contract with Lexington Books.
  • The United States’ Entry into the First World War: The Role of British and German Diplomacy. (London: Boydell & Brewer, 2018).
  • Editor, Reconsidering Peace and Patriotism during the First World War. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, August 2017).
  • Editor, Britain in the Islamic World: Imperial and Post-Imperial Connections. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, September 2019).

Chapters and Articles

  • ‘Churchill, Eden, and Eisenhower, 1953-1957: A Common Cause?’ in Presidents and Prime Ministers: From McKinley and Salisbury to Obama and Cameron, Martin Farr and Michael Cullinane, eds. Under contract at Palgrave Macmillan, expected publication date, spring 2021.
  • ‘A Test of Support: British Policy towards the Ottoman Empire, 1913-1914’ in Britain in the Islamic World: Imperial and Post-Imperial Connections. J. Q. Olmstead, ed. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, September 2019).
  • ‘Diplomacy’s Lesson’s Learned: First World War Submarine Warfare and the 21st Century Drone’, in The Political Economy of Robots: Prospects for Prosperity and Peace in the Automated 21st Century, Ryan Kiggins, ed., (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
  • ‘Peace, a Tactical Approach: How Britain and Germany Abused the Promise of Peace during the First World War’, in Reconsidering Peace and Patriotism during the First World War, J.Q. Olmstead, ed., (London: Palgrave Macmillan, August 2017).
  • ‘Maximum Advantage: Imperial Diplomacy and the United States, 1914 – 1917’, in World History Bulletin, vol. 31, No. 1, spring 2015, pp. 10-14.
  • ‘Bravo Winston!’ in National History Day Theme Book 2016 (College Park, 2016).
  • ‘The Eisenhower Administration’ in Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations, estimated publication date, May 2021.

Fiction

  • Ralph and the Winter Chicken, Route 57, University of Sheffield’s Online Writing Magazine, http://www.route57.group.shef.ac.uk/issue4.html. Spring 2008

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Public Lectures, Multimedia & Knowledge Transfer Activities

  • CATO Unbound, ‘The Importance of US Economic and Foreign Policy in the First World War and Beyond’, 15 October 2020. https://www.cato-unbound.org/2020/10/15/justin-quinn-olmstead/importance-us-economic-foreign-policy-first-world-war-beyond
  • National Humanities Center, Virtual Graduate Student Summer Residency – ‘Transitioning from F2F to Virtual’ –14 July 2020 –  Panelist.
  • ‘1918-1920 Pandemic’, BrainBox: A Podcast for your Noggin, 20 May 2020.
  • ‘The Long Shadow of the Second World War’, BrainBox: A Podcast for your Noggin, 21 September 2019. https://okhumanities.org/s2-ep9-revisiting-the-second-world-war
  • Interview with RAW Productions for History Channel program ‘Presidents at War.’ (Aired, Presidents Day, 2019) – On-camera Interview – July 2018. Aired 17-18 February 2019.
  • ‘The First World War’, BrainBox: A Podcast for your Noggin, 17 September 2018. https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-byzvx-9bd1be
  • ‘America on the World Stage: Eisenhower and Churchill’, Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society, 27 August 2018.
  • ‘An Account of the Battle of Jutland from HMS Indomitable, 31 May 1916’, in Navy Records Society Magazine, Online Magazine, 14 August 2018. https://www.navyrecords.org.uk/magazine_posts/an-account-of-the-battle-of-jutland-from-hms-indomitable-31-may-1916/
  • ‘Militarism, Immigrants, and Modern America’, in History Matters! Department of History, University of Sheffield, Blog, 11 November 2017. http://www.historymatters.group.shef.ac.uk/militarism-immigrants-modern-american/.
  • ‘A Poem on the Battle of Jutland’, in Navy Records Society Magazine, Online Magazine. October 2017. https://www.navyrecords.org.uk/magazine_posts/a-poem-on-the-battle-of-jutland/.
  •  ‘A History of US Foreign Policy towards the Middle East’ – UCO American Democracy Project, 19 April 2017.
  • ‘Politics of Appeasement’, St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Edmond, OK, 18 October 2017.
  •  ‘The First World War’, Cowley County Historical Society, 26 February 2017.
  •  ‘Lay of the Land: The United States in the First World War’, Daughters of the American Revolution, Winfield, KS, 17 February, 2017.
  • ‘Ten Reasons that 1916 was the Most Important Year of the First World War’, in the National Council for History Education (NCHE) blog. July 2016. https://www.nche.net/nche-blog-032216---olmstead
  • ‘The 2016 Election and Foreign Policy’ – UCO Public Forum, October 2016.
  • ‘America in the First World War’, Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society, 5 November 2016.

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