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CAPT John V. Clune, Ph.D., USMS Department Head, Humanities Associate Professor of History


Year Started



  • Ph.D., University of Kansas (2014)
  • M.A., University of Colorado (1996)
  • B.S., United States Air Force Academy (1995)

Teaching Interests

  • World History
  • African History
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Military History

Research Interests

  • World History
  • United Nations Peacekeeping Missions
  • 20th Century African History


CAPT John Clune arrived at the Merchant Marine Academy after a 25-year career as an officer in the United States Air Force. He was the Outstanding Cadet in American History for the Class of 1995, and earned a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Colorado in 1996. He accumulated more than 4,000 flying hours as an Air Force pilot, flying the C-9, C-5, E-3 AWACS, and various training aircraft as an instructor pilot. He began teaching in the Department of History at the United States Air Force Academy in 2008, teaching courses in World History, African History, Military History, and senior capstone courses in International History. He earned a Ph.D. in International History from the University of Kansas in 2014. His monograph The Abongo Abroad was published in 2017 by Vanderbilt University Press. He earned the department’s Outstanding Academy Educator award in 2010, the Academy’s Distinguished New Faculty award in 2015, and the Early Career Prize by the International Journal of Military History and Historiography in 2016.

Last updated: Friday, January 14, 2022

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