Political Science

Donald Travis

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Political Science



Campus Box 0406


Glatfelter Hall
Room 309
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Xavier University
MBA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
MA University of Louisville
PhD University of Cincinnati

Donald’s experiences as a county government official, academic, researcher, and soldier give him wide-ranging insights into various bureaucratic and foreign cultures and a deep understanding of the workings of the American political system.

After seven years of college teaching, and then working as the Director of Elections for Clermont County (Ohio) for six years, Donald resumed a military career in the US Army from 2001 to 2017 as a strategic planner, diplomat, and political-military strategist. He earlier served for eleven years in the Army Reserve and Ohio National Guard.  

Donald’s research focus is Civil-Military Relations and civilian control over the military. His peer-reviewed published essays include “Pursuing Civilian Control Over the Military” and “Decoding Morris Janowitz: limited war and pragmatic doctrine,” both published by Armed Forces & Society in 2018; “Achieving Organizational Flexibility through Ambidexterity” with co-author Dr. Patricia Shields (Parameters, 2017); and “Saving Samuel Huntington and the Need for Pragmatic Civil-Military Relations” (Armed Forces & Society, 2017).

Donald has two book chapters to be published 2019: “Civil-Military Relations Post-9/11” in Jason W. Warren (Ed), Landpower in the Long War, (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2019); and “Resolving Contradictions in Military Operations via Ambidexterity” with co-author Dr. Patricia Shields in The Yin Yang Military: Ambidextrous Perspectives on Organizational Change, (Asser/Springer Press, 2019).