Edward J. Erickson
Dr. Edward J. Erickson is a Professor of Military History at the Command & Staff College. Professor Erickson is a retired US Army officer with over seventeen years of overseas service as a field artilleryman and Turkish Foreign Area Officer. He served in the Persian Gulf War with the Third Armored Division as an artillery battalion operations officer, in Sarajevo in 1995 as a special assistant to COMIFOR, and in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division as General Odierno’s political advisor. After retiring, Professor Erickson worked as a school administrator and high school teacher before returning to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007 for a year to work as Professor of Political Science at the Ministry of Defense Training and Development College. He has served at the Marine Corps University since 2009. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost specialists on the Ottoman Army during the First World War and he is a frequent speaker at academic and international colloquia. Dr. Erickson has master’s degrees from Colgate University and Saint Lawrence University as well as a Doctorate in History from the University of Leeds in the UK.
Professor Erickson is the author (or co-author) of thirteen books, including A Military History of the Ottomans, From Osman to Atatürk, (Praeger, 2009), Gallipoli, The Ottoman Campaign (Pen and Sword Press, 2010), Strategic Water; Iraq, Water and Security in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin (MCU Press, 2013), Ottomans and Armenians, A Study in Counterinsurgency (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), and Gallipoli, Command Under Fire (Osprey, 2015). He is the author of numerous articles and chapters and his work has been translated into six languages. His most recent book is Palestine, the Ottoman Campaigns of 1914-1918 (Pen & Sword Press 2016).