Dr. Branden Little

Assistant Professor, Department of History
Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society


Office – Social Science 248
Phone – (801) 626-6710
Fax – (801) 626-7613
Email – jblittle@weber.edu

Research & Teaching Areas
  • American Foreign Relations, 1890 to Present
  • U.S. Naval and Marine Corps History, 1890-1945
  • International Humanitarianism and Humanitarian Interventions
  • International Organizations
  • Human Rights

 Degrees & Certifications
  • Ph.D. in History, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
  • M.A. in National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (2002)
  • Certificate, Phase 1 Joint Professional Military Education, Department of Defense (2001)
  • B.A. in International Relations and History, University of California, Davis (1998)
Branden Little is an Assistant Professor of History at Weber State University (WSU) in Utah, where he researches the international history of the United States and especially humanitarian interventions in the era of the First World War.  He also specializes in U.S. national security policy and the modern history of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.  He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley (2009) and an M.A. in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (2002); he received prizes for his doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis.
Professor Little has published numerous essays and reviews and has spoken regularly at scholarly conferences and to community organizations in the United States and overseas.  He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Band of Crusaders: American Humanitarians and the Remaking of the World, 1914-1964, which examines American-led relief and reconstruction activities during two world wars and the early Cold War.  He served as guest editor of a special issue of First World War Studies published in early 2014 focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief that included his article “An Explosion of New Endeavours: Global Humanitarian Responses to Industrialized Warfare in the First World War Era.”  He is also contributing to several international projects for the centenary of the First World War including a major transnational-themed essay for 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War on “State, Civil Society, and Relief Organizations during the War”; an article on urban American networks for Belgian relief for Les Cahiers bruxellois; and a forthcoming chapter in Approaching War: Childhood, Culture, and the First World War (Palgrave) focused on the war relief and reconstruction activities of the American Junior Red Cross.
He is a multiple award-winning author and teacher who offers seminars in American foreign relations and military history in addition to the American Civilization survey at WSU.  He was awarded a Faculty Mentor Award by the WSU Army ROTC detachment in 2014.  Professor Little is also the faculty advisor for the university chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society, and regularly supervises Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies theses and directed readings courses related to aspects of international warfare.  He anticipates developing seminars on the First and Second World Wars, the Rights Revolutions, and the International History of Oceans.
Courses at WSU
  • HIST 1700 American Civilization, 1492 to Present
  • HIST 3230 American Foreign Relations, Colonial to Present
  • HIST 3280 US Military History, 1500 to 1890
  • HIST 3290 US Military History, 1890 to Present
  • HIST 4710 America & the World, Colonial to Present [Varying Thematic Topics]
  • HIST 4830 Directed Readings: [Courses offered to-date]
  • International Law, Morality, & Warfare
  • The Great Powers in World War II: Policy, Strategy, & War Economies
  • Allied Coalition Warfare in the European Theater of Operations
  • Policy, Strategy, & Operations in the Pacific Theater, World War II
  • Vietnam War Survey
  • The Iraq Wars, 1990-2000s
  • American Revolutionaries: Crises, Controversies, & Characters
  • Revolution and Famine in Russian-Soviet History
  • Firearms and Violence in America
  • History-Related Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies Thesis Supervision at WSU:
    1.  “The Recent History of Somali Piracy and its Countermeasures” (2013).
    2.  “The Seeds of Democracy: Looking at Korea for a Way Forward in Afghanistan” (2012).
    3.  “Social Contagion Theory: How Military Leadership Fails” (2012).
  • Political Science Thesis Committee Member at WSU: 
    1. “The Custodian of Conflict: A Quantitative Approach to Modeling Successful Peace Negotiations” (2010).
  • History Thesis Committee Member at Utah Valley University:
    1. “The Brown Water Navy and its Impact on the Vietnam War: An Investigation of Operation Market Time (TF 115) and Operation Game Warden (TF 116) from 1965-1968” (2014).
    2. “John S. Mosby and the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry: Partisan Warfare in the American Civil War” (2012).
Books (in Progress)
  1. Band of Crusaders: American Humanitarians and the Remaking of the World, 1914-1964, book manuscript based on Ph.D. Dissertation under revision.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters (in Progress)
  1. The Rockefeller Foundation’s humanitarian relief activities in the First World War
  2. Evacuating Americans from Europe at the beginning of the First World War
  3. The relationship of service in the Commission for Relief in Belgium to the unraveling of American neutrality
  4. “Reconsidering the Dynamics of Transnational Aid and its Imperatives: the American Relief Administration, 1919-1924,” in a planned conference-related anthology.
Journal Articles, Book Chapters, & Essays
  1. “A Child’s Army of 12 Million: the American Junior Red Cross in the First World War,” in Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War.  Rosemary Johnson and Lissa Paul, eds. (Palgrave, accepted, forthcoming).
  2. “The humanitarian mobilization of American cities for Belgian Relief, 1914-1918,” in Les Cahiers bruxellois, Vol. 46 (August 2014) (a special issue on “Cities at War, 1914-1918 / 14-18 villes en guerre”): 121-38.
  3. “An Explosion of New Endeavors: Global Humanitarian Responses to Industrialized Warfare in the First World War Era,” First World War Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 2014): 1-16. (I served as the guest editor of this special issue on “Humanitarianism in the Era of the First World War”).
  4. “Humanitarian Relief in Europe and the Analogue of War, 1914-1918,” in Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies.  Jennifer Keene and Michael Neiberg, eds. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010), 139-58.
  5. “Radical, But Right: William Sowden Sims (1858-1936)” (senior co-author with Kenneth J. Hagan) in Nineteen Gun Salute: Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, and Diplomatic Naval Leadership during the 20th and early 21st Centuries.  John B. Hattendorf and Bruce Elleman, eds. (Newport, RI and Washington, D.C.: Naval War College Press and GPO, 2010), 1-10.
  6. “An Evolving Navy of Great Complexity, 1919-1941,” in In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 30th Anniversary ed.  Kenneth J. Hagan, ed. (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008), 182-202.  Cloth and paperback.  Foreword by Paul M. Kennedy.
  7. “Band of Crusaders, American Humanitarians, the Great War, and the Remaking of the World,” Research Reports from the Rockefeller Archive Center, 2007 (Sleepy Hollow, NY: Rockefeller Foundation, 2008).
  8. “The Liberation of the Gilberts: Operation Galvanic, November 1943,” in Amphibious Assault: Manoeuvre from the Sea. Significant Amphibious Operations from the Last Century. A Series of Essays for the Royal Marines.  Tristan Lovering, ed. (London: Royal Navy, 2005), 245-58; revised edition, Amphibious Assault: Manoeuvre from the Sea.  From Gallipoli to the Gulf—a Definitive Analysis (Suffolk: Seafarer Books, 2007), 245-58.
  9. “The Conquest of the Marshalls: Operation Flintlock, January-February 1944,” in Amphibious Assault: Manoeuvre from the Sea. Significant Amphibious Operations from the Last Century. A Series of Essays for the Royal Marines.  Tristan Lovering, ed. (London: Royal Navy, 2005), 273-84; revised edition, Amphibious Assault: Manoeuvre from the Sea.  From Gallipoli to the Gulf—a Definitive Analysis (Suffolk: Seafarer Books, 2007), 273-84.
  10. “Developing U.S. Civilian Defense Expertise,” in Mongolian-U.S. Civil-Military Relations, 2002 (Ulaanbaatar: Institute for Defense Studies, 2002), 94-104.  Two editions.
  11. “Engaging U.S. Civil Society and Defense,” in Mongolian-U.S. Civil-Military Relations, 2002 (Ulaanbaatar: Institute for Defense Studies, 2002), 154-60.  Two editions.
Encyclopedia Articles & Entries (peer-reviewed)
  1. “State, Civil Society, and Relief Organizations for War,” 1914-1918-Online.  International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Oct. 2014) (13,000-word article).
  2. “The Commission for Relief in Belgium,” 1914-1918-Online.  International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Oct. 2014).
  3. “Brand Whitlock,” 1914-1918-Online.  International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Oct. 2014).
Book Reviews & Other Publications
  1. Foreword to Jeffrey B. Miller, Behind the Lines: World War I’s little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the bank of Yanks who saved millions from starvation (Milbrown Press, Sept. 2014), xiii-xx.
  2. Review of Timothy S. Wolters, Information at Sea: Shipboard Command and Control in the U.S. Navy, from Mobile Bay to Okinawa (Johns Hopkins, 2013); in Michigan War Studies Review (Summer 2014).
  3. Review of Daniel Gorman, The Emergence of International Society in the 1920s (Cambridge, 2012); in History: Reviews of New Books, Vol. 42, No. 2 (April 2014): 68-69.
  4. Review of Marian Moser Jones, The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal (Johns Hopkins, 2013); in Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Listserv (H-SHGAPE), H-NET Reviews (Aug. 2013).  
  6. Review of Brendan Simms and D.J.B. Trim, eds. Humanitarian Intervention: A History (Cambridge, 2011); in Journal of World History, Vol. 24, No. 2 (June 2013): 443-47.
  7. Review of Katherine Storr, Excluded from the Record: Women, Refugees, and Relief, 1914-1929 (2010); in First World War Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (March 2011): 131-32.
  8. Review of Thomas C. Hone and Trent Hone, Battle Line: The United States Navy, 1919-1939 (2006); in Journal of Military History, Vol. 71, No. 1 (January 2007): 250-51.
  9. Review of Edward Marolda and Robert Schneller, Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War (2001); in Journal of Military History, Vol. 65, No. 4 (October 2001): 1170-1171.
  10. Letter for Comment and Discussion on Arthur Cebrowski’s and John Garstka’s “Network-Centric Warfare: Its Origin and Future” article; in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Vol. 124, No. 6 (June 1998): 24-25.
Recent Scholarly Conferences & Invited Paper Presentations
  1. Beyond the Western Front Conference / Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies, National University Ireland, Maynooth, “The American Relief Administration in Europe, Soviet Russia, and the Near East, 1919-1924,” (Ireland, 2014).
  2. Pierre du Bois Foundation / Graduate Institute of Geneva Conference on International Organizations and the Politics of Development: Historical Perspectives, 1910s-1970s: “The First World War and its Aftermath: The American Experience,” (Switzerland, 2013).
  3. U.S. Naval Academy Naval History Symposium: “Foodways and Medicine in the Age of Sail and Early Steam Anglo-American Navies” Panel.  Commentator (in absentia), (2013).
  4. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference (SHAFR): “Unraveling American Neutrality:  American Humanitarians and the Crusade to Save Belgium, 1914-1917,” (2013).
  5. Utah Valley University Turning Points in History Lecture Series: “Saving Lives and Rebuilding Societies: World War I and the Humanitarian Transformation of American Foreign Relations,” (2012) (Invited Lecture).
  6. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference (SHAFR): “Revolutions in Relief: American-led Humanitarianism in the Great War Era” Panel.  Commentator (in absentia), (2012).
  7. Approaching War: Children’s Culture and War, 1880-1919 Conference / University of Technology, Sydney: “A Children’s Army of 12 Million: the Junior Red Cross in World War I,” (Australia, 2011).
  8. Fort Douglas Military History Symposium:  “World War I: The War on Starvation and Disease,” (2009).
  9. Mershon Center Military History Symposium / Ohio State University.  One of six outstanding ABD students nationwide invited and funded to present dissertation findings, (2009).
  10. American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting: “Mobilizing the American Homefront: Humanitarians and the War Against European Hunger, 1914-1919,” (2009).
  1. Army ROTC Faculty Mentor Award, WSU (2014)
  2. Pierre du Bois Foundation Travel Grant (2013)
  3. Hemingway Vitality Grant, WSU (2011)
  4. Leverhulme Trust Bursary (2011)
  5. American Historical Association Beveridge Grant (2011)
  6. Research, Scholarship, & Professional Growth Grants, WSU (2009 & 2010)
  7. James Kettner Dissertation Prize, U.C. Berkeley (2009)
  8. Dissertation Year Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley (2008 – 2009)
  9. Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, U.C. Berkeley (2007 – 2008)
  10. Dean’s Normative Time Fellowships, U.C. Berkeley (2006 & 2007)
  11. John J. McMullen Seapower Grant (2007)
  12. Herbert C. Hoover Presidential Library Association Travel Grant (2007)
  13. Robert R. McCormick Foundation Scholar (2007)
  14. Rockefeller Archive Center Travel Grant (2007)
  15. Graduate Division Summer Grant, U.C. Berkeley (2007)
  16. General George C. Marshall-Baruch Fellowship (2007)
  17. Heller Grant-in-Aid, U.C. Berkeley (2006)
  18. Eugene Irving McCormac Graduate Scholarship, U.C. Berkeley (2006)
  19. J. A. Kittredge Educational Grant (2004)
  20. U.S. Naval Institute Award for M.A. Thesis (2002)
  1. American Historical Association
  2. Historians of International Organizations Network
  3. International Society for First World War Studies
  4. Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
  5. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  6. Society for Military History
Journal and Press Referee
  1. First World War Studies
  2. Bulletin of the History of Medicine
  3. Small Wars and Insurgencies
  4. Lexington Press
Student Advisees Attending Graduate Programs in History or Allied Fields
  1. Harvard University
  2. University of San Diego
  3. University of Utah
  4. Utah State University
  5. University of Nevada, Reno
Student Advisees Attending Law or Master’s in Public Administration Programs
  1. University of Washington
  2. Whittier College
  3. Northwestern University
  4. University of California, Davis
  5. California Western School of Law
  6. Indiana University