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Dr. Alexander Bielakowski

Dr. Alexander Bielakowski

Dr. Alexander Bielakowski

Assistant Professor of HistoryHistory, Humanities, and Languages


Alexander M. Bielakowski is a former U.S. Army Reserve officer who has published on such diverse topics as the final years of the U.S. horse cavalry in the 1920s-30s, African Americans in World War II, and Dwight D. Eisenhower as the first commander of NATO. He spent more than decade educating military officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal U.S. Military History Review.

Degrees Earned

B.A., Cum Laude, Loyola University Chicago

M.A., Loyola University Chicago

Ph.D., Kansas State University

Courses Taught

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Tudor-Stuart Britain, 1485-1714
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History Since 1877
  • U.S. Military History
  • Warfare in the Western World, 1648-1945
  • World War II

Experience Qualifications

Books / Monographs

Author Proud Warriors: African American Combat Units in World War II. Under Consideration by Routledge.

Author From Horses to Horsepower: The Mechanization and Demise of the U.S. Cavalry, 1916-1950. Stroud, UK: Fonthill Media, Forthcoming December 2019.

Editor Encyclopedia of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military. Two Volumes. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013.

Co-Author Buffalo Soldiers: African American Troops in the US Forces, 1866-1945. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2008.

Author African American Troops in World War II. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2007.

Author U.S. Cavalryman, 1891-1920. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2004.

Peer Reviewed Articles / Book Chapters:

Co-authored with David J. Ulbrich. "Race and Ethnicity." In Routledge History of Global War and Society. Edited by Matthew S. Muehlbauer and David J. Ulbrich. New York: Routledge, 2018.

"Race in the U.S. Military." In Oxford Bibliographies in Military History. Edited by Dennis Showalter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Mechanization in the Interwar U.S. Cavalry." In Military Innovation in Peace and War. Edited by John Curatola. Fort Leavenworth, KS: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2012.

"General Hawkins' War: The Future of the Horse in the U.S. Cavalry." Journal of Military History 71:1 (January 2007), 127-138.

"Eisenhower: The First NATO SACEUR." War and Society 22:2 (October 2004), 95-108.

"Last Chief of Cavalry - Major General John K. Herr." Journal of America's Military Past 28:2 (Fall 2001), 67-82.

"Role of the Horse in Modern Warfare as Viewed in the Interwar U.S. Army's Cavalry Journal." Army History: The Professional Bulletin of Army History No. 50 (Summer-Fall 2000), 20-25.

More Information

Dr. Bielakowski's Website