Department of History
Western Michigan Univeristy
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334
During his thirty-eight years at WMU, Dr. Gregory published and taught in the fields of U.S. foreign policy and U.S. domestic history, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. His publishing includes scholarly monographs as well as books for a general audience.
Dr. Gregory’s scholarship has won substantial recognition. His first major work (1970), Walter Hines Page: Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s won the prestigious Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians. Page was U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain on the eve of the First World War. In 2002, the American Council of Learned Societies included the Page study in its “E-Book Project,” designed to preserve “works of unquestioned quality, subject to the rigorous review process currently used in the selection of print books.” His second book, The Origins of American Intervention in the First World War (1971), was a broader interpretive work and remained in print for twenty-six years.
Gregory also conducted research and published on both the Second World War and the Cold War. His 1989 publication, America 1941: A Nation at theCrossroads, examines popular culture, sports, and social history as well as politics and foreign policy, exploring America as it moved from “an age of pessimism” into a “time of purposefulness.” Gregory continued this broad approach to history in two encyclopedic works that connect the themes of his earlier research. Almanacs of American Life: Modern American 1914-1945 (1995) contains a wealth of tables, images, and narrative about the lives of ordinary Americans from the beginning of World War One to the end of the Second World War.
Dr. Gregory’s most recent book Almanacs of American Life: Cold War America 1945-1990 (2003) continues the complex portrait developed in the earlier volume. The Library Journal praised this recent work on the Cold War era as “the best one-volume statistical companion on the subject.”
While at WMU, Dr. Gregory’s teaching reflected his dual interest and expertise in U.S. foreign policy and in twentieth century U.S. domestic conditions. His courses included U.S. foreign relations, U.S. diplomatic history and the Modern Far East. He has taught all periods of U.S. history from the end of the U.S. Civil War to the present in survey courses, and in more concentrated time periods.
Ross Gregory provided historical insights to students in all curricula at WMU. He mentored both undergraduate and graduate students, helping them to develop the tools of professional historians for their roles as teachers and scholars. The very first Ph. D. granted by the department was to one of Gregory’s students, who is now on the faculty at Valdosta State University in Georgia. A scholar and teacher, Ross Gregory’s skills and expertise live on in succeeding generations of scholars and teachers.