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History Program

History Program

Scott Rohrer

Instructor I, History and Program Leader, History MA
Phone: (239) 590-7258
Office: Modular 1 - 20


Ph.D. History, Northwestern University, 2006
M.A. History, University of South Florida, 1997
B.A. History, University of South Florida, 1995

Research and Teaching Interests: Modern U.S. History; U.S. in the World; Modern East Asian History; Comparative Military Occupations

Professor Scott Rohrer earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2006, and has been teaching full time at the college level since 2003.  He has taught both one- and two semester versions of the U.S. History survey course, as well as upper-division and graduate courses on every period of U.S. History, and on subjects including U.S. foreign relations, military history, and immigration.  He has also taught non-U.S. and transnational courses on Modern Japanese History, the U.S. and Vietnam since 1945, the Vietnam War on Film, the Cold War at Home and Abroad, and an inter-disciplinary seminar entitled “Peace Now.”  The latter course took a highly pragmatic approach to the study of the present-day world, based on the assumption that good policy can only emanate from an accurate understanding of the past.  His research interests range thematically and chronologically across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, but concentrate on the role of the U.S. in the wider world and the relationships between social movements and large shifts in policy and politics.  His research, along with many papers presented at professional conferences, has thus far dealt primarily with social relations between Americans and Japanese during the military occupation that followed World War II.  With that project nearing publication in book form, he has now begun work on an analysis of the founding of the Peace Corps.

Courses Offered  

  •  AMH 2010 U.S. History to 1877
  • AMH 2020 U.S. History since 1877

Articles and Essays

  • “Citizens as Soldiers,” Review of James J. Kimble, Mobilizing the Home Front:  War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda (Texas A&M University Press, 2006) , H-War, October 2008,
  • “Albert Peter Dewey, 1916-1945,” in Spencer C. Tucker, ed., An Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History (Oxford University Press, 2000), 163-64.
  • “The ‘Yellow Peril’ in Tampa, 1941-1945,” The Sunland Tribune: Journal of the Tampa Historical Society, November 1997, 55-62.

Conference Presentations

  • “The Personal as Paradigm:  American-Japanese Working Relationships and Inter-State Relations during the Postwar Occupation,” paper presented at the 2009 Mid-America Conference on History.
  • “From Demons to Dependents:  Postwar U.S. Relief Efforts and American Attitudes toward the Japanese,” paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.
  • “Japan and the Japanese in American Visual Media, 1945-1952,” paper presented at the 2007 Mid-America Conference on History.
  • “Rest and Recreation as Relief and Reconciliation:  GI Tourism in Postwar Japan, 1945-1952,” paper presented at the 2007 conference of the Council on America’s Military Past.
  • “Japanese ‘War Brides’ and Their Adjustment to Life in the United States,” paper presented at the 2007 Missouri Valley History Conference.
  • “Sex, Social Control, and International Relations in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952,” paper presented at the 2007 conference of the American Historical Association.
  • “Friendship as International Relations in Postwar Japan, 1945-1952,” paper presented at the 2006 Great Lakes History Conference.
  • “Cross-Cultural Romantic Relationships and the Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952,” paper presented at the 2006 Mid-America Conference on History.
  • “GIs and Japanese Children after World War II,” paper presented at the 2006 Society for Military History Conference.
  • “The Synergy of Litigation and Grass-Roots Efforts in the African-American Civil Rights Movement,” paper presented in 2005 as part of Illinois College’s 2004-2005 Faculty Symposium commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
  • “Perceptions of the Japanese in West Central Florida During World War II,” paper presented at the 1997 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Conference.
  • “A Comparison and Contrast of Military Leadership as Advocated by Sun-Tzu, and as Practiced by Those Controlling the United States Air Force During the Vietnam Conflict,” paper presented at the 1996 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Conference.

Grants and Awards

  • Faculty Collaboration Fund Grant (shared with four colleagues) by Illinois College for service toward the creation of an interdisciplinary American Studies program, 2004-2005.
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship by Harry S Truman Library Institute, 2002-2003.
  • General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant by U.S. Army Military History Institute, 2002.
  • Research Grant by Harry S Truman Library Institute, 2001-2002.
  • Graduate Research Grant by Northwestern University Graduate School, 2001.
  • Northwestern University History Department Research Travel Grant, 2001.
  • Merit scholarship by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1997.
  • University Graduate Fellowship by the University of South Florida Graduate School, 1996-1997.
  • Merit scholarship by the Florida-Japan Institute for summer study in Japan, 1996.