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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Ira D. Gruber
Professor
Harris Masterson, Jr. Professor of History
 
e-mail:gruber@rice.edu
 
  • A.B. (1955) Duke University
  • M.A. (1959) Duke University
  • Ph.D. (1961) Duke University
 
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Research Areas
 Warfare in the Age of the American Revolution
 
Teaching Areas
 Early American History and Warfare
 
Selected Publications
 Articles
 

Ira D. Gruber "War and Images of War: Europe, 1494-1815." European Prints on War from the Sarah Blaffer Foundation CollectionSubmitted

 
 Howe Peace Commission (1776) in Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War
 
 Siege Warfare (1775-1781) in Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War
 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Peace Commission, Howe (1776)." Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary WarSubmitted

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Siege Warfare." Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary WarSubmitted

 
 

Ira D. Gruber ""Clinton, Sir Henry (1730-1795)"." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 12 (2004) : 140-143.

 
 

Ira D. Gruber ""Howe, William, fifth Viscount Howe (1729-1814)"." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 28 (2004) : 490-493.

 
 

Ira D. Gruber ""Peace Commission, Howe (1776)"." Gregory Fremont Barnes and Richard Alan Ryerson, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War.Submitted

 
 

Ira D. Gruber ""Siege Warfare"." Gregory Fremont Barnes and Richard Alan Ryerson, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary WarSubmitted

 
 

Gruber, I. ""Of Arms and Men: Arming America and Military History"." William and Mary Quarterly, LIX (Jan 2002) : 217-222.

 
 Books
 

Ira D Gruber "Books on War: Books that Mattered to British Army Officers in the Age of the American Revolution ."  (2008) In Press

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Books on War: British Officers' Preferences, Military Professionalism, and the Art of War in the Age of the American Revolution." : 538 pages.In Revision

 
 

Ira D. Gruber, ed. "John Peebles' American War: The Diary of a Scottish Grenadier, 1776-1782." : xv, 584.

 
 Book chapters
 

Ira D Gruber "Atlantic Warfare, 1440-1763." The Atlantic World, 1450-1820 (2008) In Revision

 
 Ira D. Gruber Wars and Warfare, Europe, 1494-1815 in James Clifton and Leslie M Scatone The Plains of Mars European War Prints, 1500-1825 from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (New Haven Yale University Press, in association with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston 2009) 9-15
 
 Book reviews
 Ira D. Gruber review of Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton, The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000
 
 Ira D. Gruber review of Phillip Papas, That Ever Loyal Island: Staten Island and the American Revolution
 
 

Ira D. Gruber "The Papers of General Nathanael Greene Volumes X-XIII." The Journal of Southern History (May 2007)

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "The Papers of General Nathanael Greene volumes X-XIII." Journal of Southern HistorySubmitted

 
 

Gruber, I. "Stephen R. Lowe, Sir Walter and Mr. Jones: Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, and the Rise of American Golf." , 68 (Aug 2002) : 737-738.

 
 Other
 

"Chair, Editorial Board, Journal of Military History." 

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Of Arms and Men: Michael Bellesiles and Military History." William and Mary Quarterly, LIX (January 2002)

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Review of Sir Walter and Mr. Jones: Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, and the Rise of American Golf. By Stephen R. Lowe.." Journal of Southern History

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Review of Where a Man Can Go: Major General William Phillips, British Royal Artillery, 1731-1781. By Robert P. Davis." Journal of Military History, 65 (April 2001) : 495.

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Understanding the South in the Revolutionary Era."  (Oxford, 2002) : 69-82.

 
 

Ira D. Gruber ""Understanding the South in the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1789"."  (accepted)

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "John Campbell, Earl Of Loudoun." , XIII (1999) : 941-942.

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Review of the Papers of General Nathanael Greene, vols., V-IX." The Journal of Southern History, 65 (1999) : 390-392.

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Sir Henry Clinton."  (accepted)

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "Sir William Howe."  (accepted)

 
 

Ira D. Gruber "William Howe." , XI (1999) : 344-345.

 
Presentations
 Invited Talks
 

"Naval Strategy in the War for American Independence." Naval War College, Monterey, CA. (12 November 2003)

 
 

"The Art of War and the Siege of Charleston, 1780." The Museum of Charleston, Charleston, SC. (13 October 2003)

 
 

"The French Connection: Books on War and British Strategy in the War for American Independence." U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. (6 June 2003)

 
 Lectures
 

"African Americans in the American Revolution." Sons of the American Revolution, Angleton, TX. (December 2006)

 
 

"Benjamin Franklin." Continuing Studies, Rice University. (September 2006)

 
 

"Changing Understandings of the American Revolution." Advanced Placement Teachers U. S. History, Rice University. (June 2006)

 
 

"Strategy in the War for American Independence." U. S. Naval War College Postgraduate Seminar, New Orleans, LA. (October 2006)

 
 

"U. S. Military History." Advanced Placement Teachers of U. S. History, Rice University. (June 2006)

 
 

"Uncertain Memories of World War Two." Reunion of Veterans of Battleship Texas, Battleship Texas. (September 2006)

 
 

""Winning the War for American Independence"." School of Continuing Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (8 September 2005)

 
 

""Books on War and British Strategy in the War for American Independence"." Continuing Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (23 February 2004)

 
 

""The American Civil War and the History of Warfare."." The Civil War Roundtable, Houston, Texas. (16 September 2004)

 
 

"Historical Research in the Age of the Internet." Houston Independent School District, Keynote Address, Workshop on U.S. History, Rice University. (25 October 2003)

 
 

"The Peopling of the American West." Houston Independent School District, Keynote Address, Workshop on U.S. History, Rice University. (8 March 2003)

 
 

"Total War in the Twentieth Century." Continuing Studies, Rice University. (6 October 2003)

 
 

"Books on War." G. R. Clark Lecture, Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, D.C.. (October 25)

 
 

"Grand Strategy War for American Independence." U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. (Nov 13)

 
 Other
 

"Eighteenth-Century Military Studies." Society for Military History, Knoxville, TN. (3 May 2003)

 
 

"Comment in a session on the Eighteenth-Century British Army Officer." Society for Military History, Calgary, Alberta. (May 27, 2001)

 
 

"Graduate Education in Military History." Center for Strategic Education, Teachers' Workshop, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Vergennes, Vermont. (June 11, 2001)

 
 

"Social History of the British Armed Forces (comment)." Annual meeting Society for Military History, Pennsylvania State University. (18 April 1999)

 
 

"Maintaining Combat Effectiveness in a Difficult War." U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.. (November 19, 1998)

 
 Panelist
 

"American Strategies in Its Wars with Great Britain, 1775-1814." Society for Military History, Ogden, Utah. (April 2008)

 
 

"Economics and War in the Eighteenth Century." Annual Meeting Society for Military History, Frederick, MD. (20 April 2007)

 
 

""Colonel Robert Doughty: A History Head for All Seasons"." History Department, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. (11 May 2005)

 
 

Comment.  "Warfare in Colonial America." Society for Military History (annual meeting), Madison, WI. (Apr 4)

 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, The Journal of Military History. (2008 - 2008)

 Member of the Editorial Board, The Journal of Military History. (2007 - 2007)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Military History. (2003 - 2003)

 Chair, Editorial Board, Journal of Military History. Society for Military History. (2001 - 2001)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Military History (Chair, Ed Bd). (2002 - 2002)

 Other, Journal of Military History. (2006 - 2006)

 Chair, Editorial Board, The Journal of Military History. Society for Miliatry History. (1999 - 1999)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Military History. Society for Military History. (2004 - 2004)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Kate Kirkland, PhD Envisioning a Progressive City. (2003) (Committee Member)

 Meshack Owino, PhD For Your Tomorrow We Gave Our Today. (2003) (Committee Member)

 Mark Olsen, MA Books and Warfare in Early America. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Mark A. Olsen, MA History "Line in the Wilderness: The Adaptation of European Military Theory to British North America, 1690-1759. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Matthew T. Penney, Ph.D. Instruments of National Purpose: World War II and Southern Higher Education Four Texas Universities a Case Study. (2007) (Committee Member)

 Ph.D. A Question of Honor: State Character and the Lower South's Defense of the African Slave Trade in Congress, 1789-1807. (2007) (Committee Member)

 Sally Anne Schmidt, Saving Galveston: A History of the Galveston Historical Foundation. (2008) (Committee Member)

 Francelle Blum, When Marriages Fail: Divorce in Nineteenth Century Texas. (2008) (Committee Member)

 Mark A. Olsen, PhD Importing Warfare. (2008) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Abbie Salyers, PhD Commemorating War. (2008) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May 2003)

 Member, Revolutionary War Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board, National Park Service (2000-)