Research Profile

David Fitzgerald

Biography

Educated in UCC, I completed my PhD in 2010 before moving to the Clinton Institute for American Studies, UCD, as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. I returned to UCC in 2011, taking up a post as Lecturer in International Politics.

In 2013, I published my first monograph with Stanford University Press, Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq, which was a finalist for the Society of Military History’s Edward M. Coffman prize. In 2014, I published my second book, Obama, US Foreign Policy and the Dilemmas of Intervention, a co-authored text written with Professor David Ryan that is one of the first works to explore Obama's decision-making in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. My current research focuses on consequences of the All-Volunteer Force for American society and the rise of a ‘warrior ethos’ within the post-Vietnam US military.  

I am actively involved in developing online learning at UCC, and have received several small teaching grants to facilitate the development of blended learning classes.  I am currently the director of the online MA in Strategic Studies. 

Research Interests

My research interests include US foreign policy, counterinsurgency warfare, militarism and military culture - specifically the relationship between the US military and broader American society and culture. My work also deals with the intersections of history and memory as well as the ways in which societies and institutions construct usable pasts. I publish across a wide range of subfields, and have published or have work forthcoming in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Critical Asian StudiesModern American History, the Journal of Military History, and the Journal of American Studies.

I am currently writing a cultural history of the post-Cold War US Army. This project draws on extensive archival research to explore the shifting identity of the American soldier in the years between the Cold War and the War on Terror. Specifically, the work examines the rise of a 'warrior ethos' within the US Army and explores the anxieties - cultural, social and doctrinal - that beset the Army in what would later be recognised as a time of peace. I am co-editor of an edited volume entitled How the United States Ends Wars, which is due for publication in late 2019. Finally, I am also working on a shorter book on militarization and the American Century.
 

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2013)Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq.
Fitzgerald, David (2013) Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq. Stanford: Stanford University Press. [Details]
(2014)Obama, US Foreign Policy and the Dilemmas of Intervention.
Fitzgerald, David; Ryan, David (2014) Obama, US Foreign Policy and the Dilemmas of Intervention. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2013)'Teaching the Collective Memory and Lessons of the Vietnam War'
Fitzgerald, David; Ryan, David (2013) 'Teaching the Collective Memory and Lessons of the Vietnam War' In: Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'Support the Troops: Gulf War Homecomings and a New Politics of Military Celebration'
David Fitzgerald (2019) 'Support the Troops: Gulf War Homecomings and a New Politics of Military Celebration'. Modern American History, 2 (1):1-22 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Sir Robert Thompson, Strategic Patience and Nixon's War in Vietnam'
Fitzgerald, David (2014) 'Sir Robert Thompson, Strategic Patience and Nixon's War in Vietnam'. Journal of Strategic Studies, 37 (6-7):998-1026 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Vietnam and Iraq: An Endless Recurrence? Or Stirrings Still'
Ryan, David; Fitzgerald, David (2009) 'Vietnam and Iraq: An Endless Recurrence? Or Stirrings Still'. Critical Asian Studies, 41 (4):621-653 [Details]
(2010)'Vietnam in Iraq: the US Army and the Rebirth of Counterinsurgency'
Fitzgerald, David (2010) 'Vietnam in Iraq: the US Army and the Rebirth of Counterinsurgency'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 21 :149-159 [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2018)President Trump's military parade isn't as unusual as you might think.
Fitzgerald, David (2018) President Trump's military parade isn't as unusual as you might think. The Washington Post: Newspaper Articles   [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

 YearPublication
(2017)Defence Forces Review.
Doyle, John; Finegan, Rory; Fitzgerald, David (2017) Defence Forces Review. Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2019)Review of Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict ', by Eli Berman, Jacob N. Shapiro, and Joseph H. Felter.
David Fitzgerald (2019) Review of Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict ', by Eli Berman, Jacob N. Shapiro, and Joseph H. Felter. Warsaw: Book Reviews [Details]
(2017)Review of Janine Davidson, Lifting the Fog of Peace: How Americans Learned to Fight Modern War.
Fitzgerald, David (2017) Review of Janine Davidson, Lifting the Fog of Peace: How Americans Learned to Fight Modern War. Book Reviews   [Details]
(2017)Review of The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace. By Susan L. Carruthers.
Fitzgerald, David (2017) Review of The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace. By Susan L. Carruthers. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Review of Stefano Recchia, 'Reassuring the reluctant warriors: US civil–military relations and multilateral intervention'.
Fitzgerald, David (2016) Review of Stefano Recchia, 'Reassuring the reluctant warriors: US civil–military relations and multilateral intervention'. Book Reviews [Details]
(2016)Review of Isolate or engage: adversarial states, US foreign policy and public diplomacy. Edited by Geoffrey Wiseman.
Fitzgerald, David (2016) Review of Isolate or engage: adversarial states, US foreign policy and public diplomacy. Edited by Geoffrey Wiseman. Book Reviews [Details]
(2015)Review of Christopher A. Lawrence, 'America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam'.
Fitzgerald, David (2015) Review of Christopher A. Lawrence, 'America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam'. Book Reviews [Details]
(2014)Review of Ira A. Hunt Jr., Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia.
Fitzgerald, David (2014) Review of Ira A. Hunt Jr., Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia. Carlisle, Pa: Book Reviews   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2016The General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant US Army Heritage and Education Center
2016SHAFR Global Scholars and Diversity Grant Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
2013President's Awards for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching University College Cork
2012Finalist - Edward M. Coffman First Manuscript Prize Society for Military History
2007Glucksman International Fellow, New York University Irish Government - Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Society for Military History Member11-MAR-11 /
American Historical Association Member/
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Member/
Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group annual conference,
David Fitzgerald (2019) The Clinton White House, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Gender Politics of Military Service. [Invited Oral Presentation], BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group annual conference, University College Dublin , 05-SEP-19 - 06-SEP-19. [Details]
(2019)Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations,
David Fitzgerald (2019) “Now the universe offers us no more enemies …”: Peacekeeping Operations and the Post- Cold War United States Army. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, Virginia , 22-JUN-19 - 20-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019)Society for Military History,
David Fitzgerald (2019) ‘Now the universe offers us no more enemies, what may be the fate of the Republic?’ The Army Recruiting Crisis of the 1990s and Debates over Military Service. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Society for Military History, Columbus, Ohio , 09-MAY-19 - 12-MAY-19. [Details]
(2018)Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations,
David Fitzgerald (2018) Sexual violence, counterinsurgents and the legacies of Jean Lartéguy’s The Centurions’,. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , 21-JUN-18 - 23-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)Historians of the Twentieth Century United States,
David Fitzgerald (2018) ‘Citizens, Soldiers and Warriors: The United States Army and the recruiting crisis of the 1990s’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Historians of the Twentieth Century United States, University of Cambridge , 14-JUN-18 - 15-JUN-18. [Details]
(2017)British International Studies Association US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual Meeting,
Fitzgerald, David (2017) 'You like me, and I like you': Trump, Militarism and the Decline of American Strategy. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], British International Studies Association US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual Meeting, University of Edinburgh , 21-SEP-17 - 22-SEP-17. [Details]
(2017)Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Meeting,
Fitzgerald, David (2017) Sexual Violence and Jean Lartéguy's The Centurions'. [Oral Presentation], Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Meeting, University College Cork , 10-JUL-17 - 12-JUL-17. [Details]
(2017)Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting,
Fitzgerald, David (2017) 'Warriors Who Don't Fight: The American Soldier and the Identity Politics of Peacekeeping Operations'. [Oral Presentation], Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Arlington, Virginia , 22-JUN-17 - 24-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017)Historian of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2017) Black Berets and the 'Army of One': The Warrior Ethos and the Sartorial Politics of the United States Army. [Oral Presentation], Historian of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference, University College Dublin , 16-JUN-17 - 18-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017)Trump's America,
Fitzgerald, David (2017) 'You like me, and I like you': Trump, Militarism and the Decline of American Strategy. [Oral Presentation], Trump's America, University College Dublin , 05-MAY-17 - 06-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017)Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Winter Symposium,
Fitzgerald, David (2017) Warriors who Don't Fight: The American Soldier and the Identity Politics of Peacekeeping Operations. [Oral Presentation], Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Winter Symposium, British Library, London , 18-FEB-17 - 18-FEB-17. [Details]
(2016)British International Studies Association US Foreign Policy working group annual conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2016) Warriors who Don't Fight: The American Soldier and the Identity Politics of Peacekeeping Operations. [Oral Presentation], British International Studies Association US Foreign Policy working group annual conference, University of Bath , 08-SEP-16 - 10-FEB-18. [Details]
(2016)Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2016) ‘Making Certain that We Here are Worthy of Them’: the Politics of Desert Storm Homecoming Parades. [Oral Presentation], Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference, San Diego, California , 23-JUN-16 - 26-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee on International Affairs Annual Conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2016) Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr and the Dilemmas of Intervention. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee on International Affairs Annual Conference, The Royal Irish Academy , 30-MAY-16 - 30-MAY-16. [Details]
(2016)British Association for American Studies Annual Conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2016) The Clinton White House, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Gender Politics of Military Service. [Oral Presentation], British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Queens University Belfast , 07-APR-16 - 09-JUN-16. [Details]
(2015)How the United States Ends Wars,
Jack Thompson, David Ryan, David Fitzgerald (2015) Two day conference exploring how the United States has ended its wars in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. [Conference Organising Committee Member], How the United States Ends Wars, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin , 23-OCT-15 - 24-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)How the United States Ends Wars,
David Fitzgerald (2015) ‘Making Certain that We Here are Worthy of Them’: the Politics of Desert Storm Homecoming Parades. [Oral Presentation], How the United States Ends Wars, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin , 24-OCT-15 - 24-OCT-15. [Details]
(2014)Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine from Vietnam to Iraq,
Fitzgerald, David (2014) Guest lecture at the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies, NUIM. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine from Vietnam to Iraq, Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies, NUI Maynooth , 25-MAR-14 - 25-MAR-14. [Details]
(2013)Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2013) Supporting the Troops, Supporting the War: the Bush Administration, Veterans Groups and the Persian Gulf War. [Oral Presentation], Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference, Northumbria University , 05-JUL-13 - 07-JUL-13. [Details]
(2013)The Portuguese Army Staff Corps: Rise and Fall,
Fitzgerald, David (2013) US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Portuguese Army Staff Corps: Rise and Fall, ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal , 22-JUL-13 - 22-JUL-13. [Details]
(2012)Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2012) Robert Thompson and the British Influence on American Counterinsurgency Doctrine. [Oral Presentation], Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland , 10-JUL-12 - 10-JUL-12. [Details]
(2012)BISA-ISA joint international conference,
Fitzgerald, David (2012) 'Vietnam' in Iraq, 2003-2006. [Oral Presentation], BISA-ISA joint international conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom , 22-JUN-12 - 22-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)Taking You a Stage Further ... Military Education in the 21st Century,
David Fitzgerald (2012) Counterinsurgency education in the US Army, 1970-2006. [Oral Presentation], Taking You a Stage Further ... Military Education in the 21st Century, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Kildare, Ireland , 09-MAR-12 - 09-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)American History Seminar,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) 'Vietnam' in Iraq: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and the Uses of History. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], American History Seminar, University College Dublin , 09-NOV-11 - 09-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Continuity and Change in US Presidential Foreign Policy: Plans, Policies and Doctrines,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) Salzburg Global Seminar American Studies Symposium. [Other], Continuity and Change in US Presidential Foreign Policy: Plans, Policies and Doctrines, Salzburg, Austria , 06-OCT-11 - 10-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011)The Art of Leadership,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) Leadership, Doctrine and the Uses of History: The Case of David Petraeus. [Oral Presentation], The Art of Leadership, NUI Maynooth , 30-NOV-11 - 30-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011)Geopolitics, Ireland and the New World Order,
Fitzgerald, D; Ryan, D (2011) The Obama Dilemma: The Landscape of US Foreign Policy. [Oral Presentation], Geopolitics, Ireland and the New World Order, NUI Maynooth , 25-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Meeting,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) The US Army, Low Intensity Conflict and the Struggle over the Lessons of Vietnam. [Oral Presentation], Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Meeting, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University , 08-JUL-11 - 08-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011)New Ways of War? Insurgencies, 'Small Wars' and the Pasts and Future of Conflict,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) New Ways of War Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], New Ways of War? Insurgencies, 'Small Wars' and the Pasts and Future of Conflict, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin , 01-JUN-11 - 02-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)New Ways of War? Insurgencies, 'Small Wars' and the Pasts and Future of Conflict,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) Remembering Vietnam: The US Army¿s Lessons of Vietnam and Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the 1970s. [Oral Presentation], New Ways of War? Insurgencies, 'Small Wars' and the Pasts and Future of Conflict, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin , 02-JUN-11 - 02-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)History, Memory and American Foreign Relations,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) History, Memory and American Foreign Relations. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], History, Memory and American Foreign Relations, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin , 08-APR-11 - 09-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)History, Memory and American Foreign Relations,
Fitzgerald, D (2011) Vietnam in Iraq. [Oral Presentation], History, Memory and American Foreign Relations, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin , 09-APR-11 - 09-APR-11. [Details]
(2009)Royal Irish Academy Postgraduate Seminar,
Fitzgerald, D (2009) Vietnam, Iraq and the Rebirth of Counterinsurgency. [Oral Presentation], Royal Irish Academy Postgraduate Seminar, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 04-NOV-09 - 04-NOV-09. [Details]
(2009)Centre for Historical Research Postgraduate Forum,
Fitzgerald, D (2009) Changing Hearts and Minds: The US Army and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam, 1968-1975. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Historical Research Postgraduate Forum, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick , 06-MAY-09 - 06-MAY-09. [Details]
(2009)War and Identity,
Fitzgerald, D (2009) Reconstructing Identity: The US Army, The Lessons of Vietnam and Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the 1970s. [Oral Presentation], War and Identity, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin , 21-MAR-09 - 21-MAR-09. [Details]
(2008)International Graduate Student Cold War Conference,
Fitzgerald, D (2008) A Better War? US Perceptions of Counterinsurgency Warfare in Vietnam, 1968-73. [Oral Presentation], International Graduate Student Cold War Conference, University of California at Santa Barbara , 04-APR-08 - 04-APR-08. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS Teaching & Learning Committee Committee Member2018 /
Politics Board of Studies Chair2015 /
School of History Graduate Studies Committee Secretary2013 / 2015
Politics Board of Studies Committee member2011 /
Academic Council Elearning Subcommittee Committee Member2014 / 2018
Digital Arts and Humanities Board of Studies Committee Member2014 / 2017

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Dublin Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, Clinton Institute for American Studies01-SEP-10 / 31-AUG-11

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2005University College Cork BAHistory
2006University College Cork MAInternational Relations
2011University College Cork PHDHistory
2013University College Cork Postgrad Cert. in Teaching & Learning in HETeaching and Learning in HE
2014University College Cork Postgrad Dip in Teaching & Learning in HETeaching and Learning

Outreach Activities

 Description

Drivetime, RTE Radio One, 27th October 2017: discussing the declassification of papers related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The History Show with Myles Dungan, RTE Radio One, 21st May, 2017: discussing the Watergate Scandal.

Interviewed by thejournal.ie about historical precedents for Steve Bannon’s White House Role, 3rd February 2017.

Today with Sean O’Rourke, RTE Radio One, 20th January 2017: analysis of President Trump’s inauguration.

The Marian Finucane Show, RTE Radio One, 22nd May 2016: discussing the Vietnam War.

Morning Ireland, RTE Radio One, 7th August 2015: Discussing the GOP Presidential debate

December 2014: Interviewed by Talking History on the Berlin blockade

2013 to present: instructing on a number of courses in the Irish Defence Forces UN Training School (UNTSI).  I deliver lectures on Overseas Qualification Courses, International Human Rights Courses and Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC).  I help to plan and design CIMIC exercises and act as a mentor to civilian and military students on CIMIC courses.  I am currently helping to re-write the Defence Forces CIMIC curriculum and doctrine.

Interviewed by Talking History on Jimmy Carter's presidency, September 2011.

May 2011 - provided expert commentary to RTE news, BBC World, BBC News, UTV and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on President Obama's visit to Ireland.

December 2010: panelist on Off the Shelf, RTE Radio One, discussing Jonathan Alter's book on the Obama presidency.

Provided expert commentary to Morning Ireland on the US mid-term elections, November 2010.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Transatlantic Studies Referee-
Journal Of Global Security Studies Referee-
Contemporary Security Policy Referee-
Journal Of American Studies Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Referee, SUNY Press

Referee, Palgrave Macmillan

Referee, Oxford University Press

Referee, Stanford University Press

Referee, Georgetown University Press

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

  • Terrorism and Insurgency
  • Political Violence
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Civil-Military Relations

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2015Jacqueline Fitzgibbon University College CorkPhDJustifying Jihad: US politics, propaganda and the Afghan Mujahedeen, 1979-1989
2017Conall Long University College CorkM.Phil.”The Dark Horse to watch”: The Irish National Liberation Army and the Development of the Northern Troubles (1974-1998)

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Tanner Elizabeth Rosemary Doctoral Degree
Prendergast Gareth Doctoral Degree
O Brien Liam David Doctoral Degree
Foley James Emmet Doctoral Degree
Crunden Rebecca Jane Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Strategic Studies Summer School HI6068Strategic Studies Summer School
2020Issues in World Politics HI6056Issues in World Politics
2020Small States, Peacekeeping and Peace Support Operations HI6067Small States, Peacekeeping and Peace Support Operations
2020The United States and the Vietnam Wars, 1945-1975 HI3120The United States and the Vietnam Wars, 1945-1975
2020Introduction to Strategic Studies HI6071Introduction to Strategic Studies
2020Terrorism, Insurgency and Political Violence HI6069Terrorism, Insurgency and Political Violence

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