U.S. historian with over 20 years’ experience in higher education


  • Post-1945 U.S. National Security Affairs
  • Post-1945 U.S. Cultural History
  • 20th Century U.S. Intellectual History
  • U.S. Military History
  • Military Strategy and Theory
  • Aviation History and Airpower Theory

Professional Experience

Dr. Paul D. Gelpi is an adjunct professor at The Institute of World Politics.

Dr. Gelpi has over 20 years’ experience in higher education. He is a Professor of Military History at the Command & Staff College, Marine Corps University. He has also held positions with several institutions of higher learning. Currently, he is adjunct faculty in the Command and Staff College Distance Education Program at Marine Corps University and an Adjunct Senior Professorial Lecturer in the School of International Service at American University.

Dr. Gelpi is a U.S. historian whose principal scholarly interests are U.S. military history, primarily aviation history and airpower theory, and the history of culture and ideas in the Early Republic and 20th-century America, especially the Cold War era. He contributed an essay – “In Defense of Liberty: The Battalion d ‘Orleans and Its Battle for New Orleans” – to The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory; and his book, Creating a “Flexible Response:” General “Opie” Weyland and the Resurgence of Tactical Airpower, is nearing completion. He has, as well, published articles, essays, encyclopedia entries, and scholarly reviews on U.S. and military history; and presented papers at conferences in the United States and abroad.


  • Ph.D., History, The University of Alabama.
  • M.A., History, University of New Orleans.
  • B.A., History, University of New Orleans.