Associate Professor, Department of History
Office: Old Science Lab Room 409
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, Intermediate Level Joint Professional Military Education, Department of Defense (2001)
- B.A. in International Relations and History, University of California, Davis (1998)
- 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 [Varying Topics]
- HIST 4920 Plains Indian Wars & Battle of Little Bighorn Workshop
- HIST 4990 Senior Seminar
- HIST 4730 / HNRS 4920 First World War
Branden Little is an associate professor of history at Weber State University, 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 PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley (2009) and an MA in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (2002). He received prizes for his doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis.
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. This special issue included his article “An Explosion of New Endeavours: Global Humanitarian Responses to Industrialized Warfare in the First World War Era.” He has contributed 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 chapter in Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War focused on the war relief and reconstruction activities of the American Junior Red Cross. In 2018, he continues to work on several centenary-linked publications. He was the lead scholar for northern Utah's "World War I and America" series, sponsored by the Library of America, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the World War One Centennial Commission. He is a member of Utah's World War I Centennial Commission also.
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.
Books (in Progress)
- Band of Crusaders: American Humanitarians and the Remaking of the World, 1914-1964.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters (in Progress)
- “The Infrastructure of Empire: Theodore Roosevelt’s Secretaries of the Navy and America’s Naval Ascendancy,” in Forging the Trident: Theodore Roosevelt and the United States Navy. John Hattendorf and William P. Leeman, eds. (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, anticipated publication in 2020).
- An article on The Rockefeller Foundation’s humanitarian relief activities in the First World War.
- "Failure to Launch: The American Red Cross in an Era of Contested Neutrality, 1914-1917," in a Red Cross-themed anthology [submitted].
- "Prisoners of War, the American Red Cross, and the International Committee of the Red Cross / International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1918," in a conference proceedings [submitted].
- “Saving Lives and Remaking Nations: the American Relief Administration and its Transnational Humanitarian Campaign immediately after the First World War, 1919-1924,” in a First World War-themed anthology [submitted].
- Guest editor of First World War Studies journal special issue on "Humanitarianism in the Era of the First World War" (March 2014).
Journal Articles, Book Chapters & Essays
- “A Child’s Army of Millions: the American Junior Red Cross,” in Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War. Lissa Paul, Rosemary Ross Johnson, Emma Short, eds. (New York and London: Routledge, 2016), 283-300.
- “Evacuating Europe: U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Relief Operations for Overseas American Travelers, 1914-1915,” Journal of Military History, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct. 2015) (a special issue on the First World War): 929-58.
- “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.
- “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. (Served as guest editor of this special issue on “Humanitarianism in the Era of the First World War”).
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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).
- “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.
- “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.
- “Developing U.S. Civilian Defense Expertise,” in Mongolian-U.S. Civil-Military Relations, 2002 (Ulaanbaatar: Institute for Defense Studies, 2002), 94-104. Two editions.
- “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)
- "Discussion: Humanitarianism," co-authors Rebecca Gill, Branden Little, and Elisabeth Piller, in 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Nov. 2017). Accessible online: https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/discussion_humanitarianism.
- "Making Sense of the War (USA)," 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (May 2017). Accessible online: http://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/making_sense_of_the_war_usa
- “State, Civil Society, and Relief Organizations for War,” 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Oct. 2014) (13,000-word article). Accessible online: http://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/state_civil_society_and_relief_organizations_for_war
- “The Commission for Relief in Belgium,” 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Oct. 2014). Accessible online: http://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/commission_for_relief_in_belgium_crb
- “Brand Whitlock,” 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Oct. 2014). Accessible online: http://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/whitlock_brand
Book Reviews & Other Publications
- Review of Glenn Jeansonne, Herbert Hoover: A Life (Penguin, 2016); in The Historian [accepted].
- "Wilsonianism: Warts and All," Review of Lloyd Ambrosius, Woodrow Wilson and American Internationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2017); in H-FEDHIST), H-NET Reviews (Dec. 2017) [https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=50704].
- "There's No Place Like Home: Refugees and Their Discontents," Review of Stephen R. Porter, Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed (University of Pennsylvania, 2016); in H-DIPLO Listserv, H-NET Reviews (Oct. 2017) [https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=48454].
- Review of Allan Kent Powell, Utah and the Great War: The Beehive State and the World War I Experience (Utah State Historical Society and University of Utah Press, 2016); in Utah Historical Quarterly, 85.3 (Summer 2017): 280-81.
- Essay titled "The World at War: On the Front Lines," Valor: A Salute to Utah's Veterans and Military (Feb. 2017): 14.
- Background essay titled "Humanitarian International Relief: A Legacy of Great War Volunteerism," in American Field Service Intercultural Programs, The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 Curriculum (New York: AFS, 2016), 107-08.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- "Continuity and Change: The Transforming American Red Cross and the Dynamics of Humanitarianism," 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Scholarly Presentations & Lectures
- U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) McMullen Naval History Symposium: "Anticipating Dunkirk: The Humanitarian Rescue of Americans in Europe, 1914-17," (Annapolis, MD, 2017).
- U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) McMullen Naval History Symposium: "Elements of the Great War" Panel. Commentator (Annapolis, MD, 2017).
- Humanitarian Action & the Pursuit of Peace: Reflections on the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Committee of the Red Cross 100 Years Ago: "Prisoners of War, the American Red Cross, and the International Committee of the Red Cross / International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1918," (Geneva, Switzerland, 2017).
- Fort Douglas Military History Symposium on Treatment of Enemy Aliens, Conscientious Objectors, and Civilian Populations During World War I: "Allied and American Responses to Germany's Forced Labor 'Deportations' Program in Occupied Belgium," (Salt Lake City, UT, 2016).
- Histories of the Red Cross Movement: Continuity and Change: "Failure to Launch: The American Red Cross in an Era of Contested Neutrality, 1914-1917," (Adelaide, Australia, 2016).
- Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference (SHAFR): "The Politics of the 'Sacred': American Foreign Relations and Faith-Based Foreign Aid in Interwar Europe, 1918-1939" Panel. Commentator, (San Diego, CA, 2016).
- Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting: "Orchestrating Relief: United States Food Aid to Postwar Nations, 1919-1924," (Providence, RI, 2016).
- Fort Douglas Military History Symposium on 1945, Beginning of a New World: “‘We Will Have to Feed the World Again’: The foundations & implementation of an American global famine relief campaign during and after the Second World War,” (Salt Lake City, UT, 2015).
- Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Conference on World War I and the Humanitarian Awakening: “The First World War and the Ongoing Revolution in Humanitarian Affairs,” (West Branch, IA, 2015).
- 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,” (Maynooth, Ireland, 2014).
- 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,” (Geneva, Switzerland, 2013).
- U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) McMullen Naval History Symposium: “Foodways and Medicine in the Age of Sail and Early Steam Anglo-American Navies” Panel. Commentator (in absentia), (Annapolis, MD, 2013).
- Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference (SHAFR): “Unraveling American Neutrality: American Humanitarians and the Crusade to Save Belgium, 1914-1917,” (Arlington, VA, 2013).
- 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,” (Orem, UT, 2012) (Invited Lecture).
- 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), (Hartford, CT, 2012).
- "Making Sense of the American Civil War" Public Lecture / Reading Series (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities [NEH]and the American Library Association [ALA]), (Ogden, UT, 2012).
- 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,” (Sydney, Australia, 2011).
- Fort Douglas Military History Symposium on A New Century, A New World, 1898-1920: “World War I: The War on Starvation and Disease,” (Salt Lake City, UT, 2009).
- Mershon Center Military History Symposium / Ohio State University. One of six outstanding ABD students nationwide invited and funded to present dissertation findings, (Columbus, OH, 2009).
- American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting: “Mobilizing the American Homefront: Humanitarians and the War Against European Hunger, 1914-1919,” (New York City, NY, 2009).
- American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting: “American Humanitarians and the Management of Relief in Occupied Belgium and Northern France, 1914-1919,” (Washington, D.C., 2008).
- International Society for First World War Studies Conference: “Humanitarian Relief in Europe and the Analogue of War, 1914-1919,” (Washington, D.C., 2007).
- U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) McMullen Naval History Symposium: “Admiral Sims and the Officers of the London Flagship: Architects of Victory in Two World Wars,” (Annapolis, MD, 2007).
- Society for Military (SMH) History Conference: “Band of Crusaders: American Humanitarians and the Relief of Belgium, 1914-1919,” (Frederick, MD, 2007).
- U.C. Berkeley Breslauer Graduate Student Symposium: “American Humanitarians and the Management of European Relief in the First World War,” (Berkeley, CA, 2007).
- U.S.-Belgium Conference and Historical Exhibit: “Remembering Herbert Hoover and the Commission for Relief in Belgium.” Rapporteur and advisor (Brussels and Louvain, Belgium, 2006).
- Naval Order of the United States Award for "exemplary scholarship" (2017)
- Gustav Ador Foundation Travel Grant (2017)
- Army ROTC Faculty Mentor Award, WSU (2014)
- Pierre du Bois Foundation Travel Grant (2013)
- Hemingway Vitality Grant, WSU (2011)
- Leverhulme Trust Bursary (2011)
- Herbert C. Hoover Presidential Library Association Travel Grant (2011)
- American Historical Association Beveridge Grant (2011)
- Research, Scholarship, & Professional Growth Grants, WSU (2009 & 2010)
- James Kettner Dissertation Prize, U.C. Berkeley (2009)
- Dissertation Year Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley (2008 – 2009)
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, U.C. Berkeley (2007 – 2008)
- Dean’s Normative Time Fellowships, U.C. Berkeley (2006 & 2007)
- John J. McMullen Seapower Grant (2007)
- Herbert C. Hoover Presidential Library Association Travel Grant (2007)
- Robert R. McCormick Foundation Scholar (2007)
- Rockefeller Archive Center Travel Grant (2007)
- Graduate Division Summer Grant, U.C. Berkeley (2007)
- General George C. Marshall-Baruch Fellowship (2007)
- Heller Grant-in-Aid, U.C. Berkeley (2006)
- Eugene Irving McCormac Graduate Scholarship, U.C. Berkeley (2006)
- J. A. Kittredge Educational Grant (2004)
- U.S. Naval Institute Award for M.A. Thesis (2002)
- Historians of International Organizations Network (HION)
- International Society for First World War Studies (ISFWWS)
- Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (MCHF)
- Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
- Society for Military History (SMH)
Journal and Press Referee
- Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- Bulletin of the History of Medicine
- First World War Studies
- Food, Culture & Society
- Small Wars and Insurgencies
- War in History
- Michigan Historical Review
- Lexington Press
- Bloomsbury Press
- Palgrave Macmillan
Attending Graduate Programs in History or Allied Fields
- Stanford University
- Harvard University
- Texas A&M
- University of Chicago
- University of Southern California
- University of San Diego
- University of Utah (x3)
- Utah State University (x2)
- University of Nevada, Reno
Attending Programs in Law, Public Administration or Medicine
- University of Utah
- University of Idaho
- University of Washington
- Whittier College
- Northwestern University
- University of California, Davis
- California Western School of Law
- Indiana University
- Jefferson Medical College
- California Western School of Law
- University of Florida