David P. Kilroy, Ph.D., is a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Politics. A native of Dublin, Ireland, his research interests fall broadly within the parameters of U.S. political and cultural engagement on the world stage. A major theme of his research is the correlation between U.S. foreign policy and issues of domestic American cultural and political identity, and he has a particular interest in U.S. engagement in West Africa, the Caribbean, and Ireland. Each summer he runs a study abroad program in Dublin, where he teaches a course on the history of U.S.-Irish relations and also engages students in archival research projects.
He is the author of two books. For Race and Country: The Life and Career of Colonel Charles Young, (Praeger 2003), is the extraordinary story of the highest ranking black commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in the early 20th century whose struggle for racial equality at home often contrasted awkwardly with his prominent role in U.S. interventions in the Philippines, Liberia, Haiti and Mexico. Days of Decision: Turning Points in U.S. Foreign Policy, (Potomac Press, 2011), co-authored with Michael Nojeim, offers twelve case studies of major pendulum shifts in U.S. foreign policy, from the Spanish-American in 1898 to the U.S. response to 9/11. Dr. Kilroy has also published a number of journal articles, book reviews and essays in edited anthologies.