Staff Profile: Dr Howard Fuller

Howard FullerFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences

School

School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Role

Senior Lecturer in War Studies

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 32 3337

Email: h.fuller@wlv.ac.uk

Address:            

University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building (MH124)
Nursery  Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1AD

Areas of expertise

Anglo-American 19th-century history, particularly American Civil War and the British Empire. This includes maritime developments, naval technology, strategy and warfare, and modern international relations and diplomacy.

Biography

Dr Howard J Fuller completed his BA in History at the Ohio State University and his MA and then PhD in War Studies at King’s College, London.  He specialises in Anglo-American 19th-century history, particularly American Civil War and the British Empire. This includes maritime developments, naval technology, strategy and warfare, and modern international relations and diplomacy. He is also the developer of the pioneering new academic course 'Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of Wargaming' and the University of Wolverhampton’s new, fully-online MA in Military History.

The 2002-3 Fellow in U.S. Naval History through the U.S. Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. and a West Point Fellow in Military History, Dr. Fuller has lectured in America, Britain and Europe on naval power in the Victorian era and teaches additional history courses online for University of Maryland University College. He is a frequent contributor to conferences and journals on both sides of the Atlantic, Associate Editor for the 'International Journal of Naval History', and is the author of the critically-acclaimed 'Clad in Iron: The American Civil War and the Challenge of British Naval Power' (2007, Greenwood Press, reprinted in 2010 by Naval Institute Press) and 'Empire, Technology and Seapower: Royal Navy Crisis in the Age of Palmerston' (Routledge, 2013).  He is currently completing an edited collection of critical essays for Naval Institute Press, 'The Real Pax Britannica: The Royal Navy Deterred and the Decline of Gunboat Diplomacy'; followed by 'Turret vs. Broadside: The Divisive Evolution of British Naval Power, 1860-1870' for Helion & Company as part of its Wolverhampton Military Studies Series; and 'The Altar of Poseidon: Britain’s Maritime World Order and the Struggle to Contain Russia and America in the Age of Steam' (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Academic qualifications

PhD War Studies (King’s College, London)

MA War Studies (King’s College, London)

BA History (Ohio State University)

Teaching interests

  • 4WR003/War and the Modern World (module leader)
  • 5WR005/Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of Wargaming (module leader)
  • 6WR004/Trial by Fire: The American Civil War 1861-1865 (module leader)
  • 7WR029/Combined Operations of the American Civil War (MA module leader)
  • 7WR025/Debates in Military History (MA module leader)
  • 7WR029/Tools of War (MA module leader)
  • 6HS001/America: The Rise of a Superpower 1890-1945
  • 6WR007/Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare 1900 - Present

Professional body membership and roles

  • Core Member, Centre for Historical Research, University of Wolverhampton
  • Advisory Board, U.S.S. Monitor Center (The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia)
  • British Commission for Military History
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • American Historical Association
  • Society for Nautical Research
  • Navy Records Society
  • U.S. Naval Institute
  • American Association for History and Computing
  • Association for History and Computing (UK)

Research interests

Dr. Fuller specialises in Anglo-American 19th-century history, particularly American Civil War and the British Empire. This includes maritime developments, naval technology, strategy and warfare, and modern international relations and diplomacy.

PhD supervision

I can supervise PhD research in the above areas as well as wargames/’simulation of war’.

External academic roles

  • External Examiner for Manchester Metropolitan University (2015 - current)
  • External reviewer for BA Hons War Studies, York University (2015)
  • PhD External examiner, University of Exeter, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Associate Editor for International Journal of Naval History, www.ijnhonline.org (2002 – current)

Selected publications

  • '“Had we used the Navy’s bare fist instead of its gloved hand...” - The Absence of Coastal Assault Vessels in the Royal Navy by 1914’, British Journal for Military History, Vol. 3, No. 3 (June 2017)
  • “The Littoral World”, Fletcher Security Review (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), August 2015 (2: 2)
  • “From Hampton Roads to Spithead”, Naval History magazine (Naval Institute Press), June 2015 (29: 3)
  • “The Warrior’s Influence Abroad: The American Civil War”, The Warrior Magazine (Warrior Preservation Trust) Summer 2015 (69)
  • “Iron Lion or Paper Tiger?  The Myth of British Naval Intervention in the American Civil War”, in Peter N. Stearns (ed.), The American Civil War in a Global Context (Richmond: Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission: 2014)
  • “Perils of the Quest for Supremacy: The Anglo-German Naval Arms Race and the First World War”, Naval History magazine, August 2014 (28: 4)
  • Empire, Technology and Seapower: Royal Navy Crisis in the Age of Palmerston (London: Routledge-Frank Cass, 2013)
  • “The Warrior’s Influence Abroad: The American Civil War”, The International Journal of Naval History, Vol. 10., No. 1 (October 2013)
  • “Clad in Iron: Gaming Counterfactuals in the American Civil War by Sea”, Wargames Illustrated, Issue 290 (December 2011)
  • “Chilean Standoff”: Ironclad-Monitor U.S.S. Monadnock, Naval Power-Politics & the Spanish Bombardment of Valparaiso, 1866, Naval History magazine, June 2011 (25: 3)
  • “ ‘The absence of decisive results’: British Assessments of Union Combined Operations”, in Craig Symonds (ed.), Union Combined Operations in the Civil War (New York: Fordham University Press, 2010)
  • Andrew Lambert (ed.) SHIP: 300 Years at Sea (Conway Maritime Press, September 2010), 22 entries
  • Clad in Iron: The American Civil War and the Challenge of British Naval Power (Westport: Greenwood-Praeger, 2007)
  • “The Battle of Mobile Bay”, in John B. Hattendorf (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, 4 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • “ ‘This country now occupies the vantage ground’: Union Monitors vs. the British Navy”, in Harold Holzer and Tim Mulligan (eds.), The Battle of Hampton Roads: New Perspectives on the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (New York: Fordham University Press, 2006)
  • “ ‘Hyper-Power’ vs. ‘Hyper-Freedom’?  A Brief Discussion of Ends-and-Means in US Military Policy”, 49th Parallel, Issue 18 (Summer 2006), “Engaging the ‘New’ American Studies: ‘US Hyper-Power’ ”, University of Birmingham
  • “ ‘A portentous spectacle’: The Monitor U.S.S. Miantonomoh Visits England”, TheInternational Journal of Naval History, Vol. 4, No. 3 (December 2005)
  • “ ‘To bid defiance to any warship afloat’: John Ericsson, the Monitors, and Union Naval Strategy”, The International Journal of Naval History, Vol. 2, No. 3 (December/April 2004)
  • “The Guns at Filipstad: Some Reflections on the John Ericsson Bicentennial”, The International Journal of Naval History, Vol. 2, No. 3 (December 2003/April 2004)
  • “Historical Research in the ‘Digital Era’: Techniques, and the More Obvious Pros and Cons”, The Journal for Maritime Research (April 2003)
  • “ ‘Seagoing purposes indispensable to the defence of this country’: Policy-Pitfalls of Great Britain’s Early Ironclads”, The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord, Vol. 13, No. 1 (January 2003)
  • “ ‘This country now occupies the vantage ground’: Understanding John Ericsson’s Monitors and the American Union’s War Against British Naval Supremacy”, The American Neptune, Vol. 62, No. 1 (Winter 2002)
  • “ ‘The whole character of maritime life’: British Reactions to the U.S.S. Monitor and the American Ironclad Experience”, The Mariner’s Mirror, Vol. 88, No. 3 (August 2002)
  • “ ‘The fiery focus’: An Analysis of the Union Ironclad Repulse at Charleston, 7 April, 1863”, The International Journal of Naval History, Vol. 1, No. 1. (April 2002)