BA Gettysburg College, 2000
MA Dartmouth College, 2006
PhD University of Glasgow, 2012
History of War, Memory Studies, Cultural History, British History
Ian Isherwood is Associate Professor of War and Memory Studies and Director of the First-Year Seminar Program at Gettysburg College. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Glasgow, the latter where he did his Ph.D in history at the Scottish Centre for War Studies. He specializes in the history of war.
Isherwood is the author of the book Remembering the Great War (2017/Paperback 2020). His scholarly articles and book reviews have appeared in War and Society, First World War Studies, War, Literature and the Arts, The Journal of Military History, and War in History. He currently is working on two books that are under contract. The first, The Battalion: Citizen Soldiers on the Western Front, is a history of a volunteer battalion (8/Queen’s) in the Great War. The second is a book on the politics of war memory and commemoration in American history. Isherwood is a member of the International Society for First World War Studies and The Society for Military History. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) for his contribution to historical scholarship.
Isherwood has a keen interest in digital humanities/online publishing. He is the project creator and co-lead of The First World War Letters of H.J.C. Peirs, a centennial First World War digital history project. Through this project he has taken students to France and Belgium twice for field research on First World War battlefields. He was also the creator and editor-in-chief of The Gettysburg Compiler from 2012 to 2016.
Isherwood has been teaching at Gettysburg College for over a decade. He places particular emphasis in the classroom on interdisciplinary approaches, especially when examining the subject of war. He is a believer in the value of student/faculty research and he has supervised numerous independent studies as well as four Mellon/Kolbe summer scholars. He is also committed to experiential education and has led three backpacking trips to Scotland through the GRAB program. In 2019, he was honored to be recognized as the outstanding faculty mentor of undergraduate research in the humanities.
On campus, Isherwood is the faculty advisor for Tri Sigma, The Gettysburg History Club, The Civil War Club, The Pennsylvania College Guard, The Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era, and is the house mentor for the the Civil War Era Studies House. If not in his office, he can be found walking his dog, Bertie, on campus.