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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5279 History and Geography LAN 201E , Box 164


Justin Quinn Olmstead, Ph.D., is assistant professor of history and director of History Education. 

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Olmstead's first edited book, "Reconsidering Peace and Patriotism during the First World War "(Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), provides a unique view of the peace movement during the FIrst World War by bringing together authors from across Europe and the US to provide a distinctive cultural analysis of peace movements. His second book, "The United States' Entry into the First World War: The role of British and German Diplomacy" (Boydell & Brewer, 2018), reasserts the importance of diplomats and diplomacy, thereby providing a fresh and original approach to this crucially important subject. He has a third book tentatively titled "Britain in the Islamic World: Imperial and Post-Imperial Connections"  under contract with Palgrave Macmillan with an expected publication date of 2019. Additionally, Olmstead has a chapter on the impact of military drones on foreign affairs in "The Political Economy of Robots"(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

His current research includes the leadership of, and the relationship between, President Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, the diplomacy of alliances, and how great powers adapt. 

Education and Certifications

Olmstead holds degrees in Political Science (Washburn University, 1993), History (Southwestern College, 2001), a Masters Degree (Emporia State University, 2006) and a Ph.D. (University of Sheffield, 2013). He also earned his teaching certificate in 2001.

Classes Taught


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

Secretary, Midwest World History Association

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