J. Ross Dancy, DPhil.

Assistant Professor

Dancy_16 CroppedEducation

DPhil in History, University of Oxford, 2012

MA in Naval History, University of Exeter, 2008

BA in History, Appalachian State University, 2006

Biography

J. Ross Dancy is an Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University in Texas.  He received a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where his research examined British naval manning at the end of the eighteenth century.  He holds a BA in history from Appalachian State University, and a MA in Naval History from the University of Exeter.  Dr. Dancy served as a US Marine for four years, and served in Afghanistan and Iraq.  His current research examines the Napoleonic Wars and British military administration immediately following the Great Wars with France.  His book The Myth of the Press Gang: Volunteers, Impressment and the Naval Manpower Problem in the Late Eighteenth Century (2015) received praise form top scholars in the field of Naval History.  Dr. Dancy’s latest project, Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf, (2016) edited along with N.A.M. Rodger, Benjamin Darnell, and Evan Wilson, has begun to receive praise form the academic community.

Courses

Undergraduate:

HIST 1301 US History to 1877

HIST 1302 US History since 1877

HIST 3339 The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

HIST 3342 The History of Seapower

HIST 3387 World War II

Graduate:

HIST 5097 Film and War in America

HIST 5363 Seminar in Military History

Selected Publications

The Myth of the Press Gang: Volunteers, Impressment and the Naval Manpower Problem in the Late Eighteenth Century. Woodbridge, The Boydell Press, 2015.

Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf. Edited with N.A.M. Rodger, B. Darnell, and E. Wilson. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2016.

“British Naval Administration and the Lower Deck Manpower Problem in the Eighteenth Century,” in N.A.M. Rodger, et al., eds., Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2016. pp. 49-63.

“British Naval Administration and the Manpower Problem in the Georgian Navy,” in New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Eighteenth McMullen Naval History Symposium Held at the United States Naval Academy 19–20 September 2013. Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, forthcoming 2016.

The Myth of the Press Gang: Volunteers, Impressment and the Naval Manpower Problem in the Late Eighteenth Century Strategy and the Sea


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