Marjorie Galelli


Marjorie Galelli
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Graduate Research Assistant

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 3631
Office Hours:
By appointment

Biography

Marjorie Galelli is the Associate Director of the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies and a PhD candidate in the History Department. Her research focuses on military power and the relationship between the US military, the government, the media, and the American people, throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Her dissertation, Two Sides of the Same COIN: A History of the United States and Counterinsurgency During Operation Iraqi Freedom examines the United States’ progressive adoption of counterinsurgency (COIN) between 2003 and 2011. Soon after the United States invaded Iraq in the spring of 2003, it became embroiled in an insurgency that left troops with no choice but to revive, and in many cases reinvent, old counterinsurgency methods. Contrary to narratives arguing that a turn to counterinsurgency halfway through the war changed the conflict’s trajectory, she demonstrates that the United States’ adoption of COIN during Operation Iraqi Freedom was actually a slow, incremental process that began with ad hoc, haphazard, grass-roots efforts across the theater of operations during the summer of 2003.

Before coming to KU, she earned a Master’s Degree in European History from the University of Strasbourg and a Master’s Degree in French and Francophone Studies from Syracuse University.

Advised by Beth Bailey

Selected Presentations

“Cultural Training as Force Multiplier during Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Society for Military History Annual Conference, May 21, 2021.

“Culture and Counterinsurgency: How the War in Iraq Reshaped Military Education,” Society for Military History Annual Conference (cancelled because of covid-19).

“Liberators or Occupiers? How Popular Narratives of WWII Helped Make the Case for the Invasion of Iraq,” Society for Military History Annual Conference, May 12,  2019.

“Psychological Warfare in the Early Cold War: Doom or Solace for Democracy?” Kaw Valley History Conference, September 22, 2018.

“Propaganda, Psychological Warfare, and the Press,” KU Graduate Research Competition, April 3, 2018.

“A Challenge to Democracy: Psychological Warfare as a Weapon,” Missouri Valley History Conference, SMH sponsored panel, March 3, 2018.

Awards & Honors

Robert Yaple Prize in Military History, University of Kansas, 2021.

Summer Research Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2021.

Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Award, University of Kansas, 2021.

University Graduate Fellowship, University of Kansas, 2020.

Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Award, Society for Military History, 2020.

Allan R. Millett Dissertation Research Fellowship Award, Society for Military History – Honorable Mention, 2020.

Ted Wilson Military History Prize, University of Kansas, 2020.

James C. Malin Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching by a GTA, University of Kansas, 2020.

Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Award, University of Kansas, 2020.

Robert Yaple Prize in Military History, University of Kansas, 2019.

Arthur & Judith McClure Graduate Scholarship in History, University of Kansas, 2018.

University Graduate Fellowship, University of Kansas, 2016.

Mary Elizabeth and Andrew P. Debicki Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2016.