Denis Alfin


Advisor: John Hall

Denis Alfin


I am primarily interested in exploring the role of military discipline outside of the U.S. military during the nineteenth century. I am currently working on my dissertation proposal, which will revolve around the use of military discipline in institutions such as the soldiers’ homes and normal schools for freedpeople and American Indians.

I am an officer in the United States Army and I am currently assigned to the United States Military Academy as an Instructor in the History Department.


M.A., History, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI, 2016
M.S., International Relations, Troy University, Troy, AL, May, 2013
B.S., Criminology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, May, 2009


  • U.S./North American History

MA Title

  • “A New Competence: Henry Wilson, Military Discipline, and the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1840-1865.”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “State of Discipline: American Militarism in the Nineteenth Century.”

Selected Publications

  • “Ambiguous Duty: Red Cross Nurses and the First World War,” The Army Medical Department Journal (January-June 2018), 99-105.
  • Review of Burdens of War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System, by Jessica L. Adler, Journal of Military History 82, no.2 (Apr. 2018), 650-651.


  • 2017 Omar N. Bradley Historical Research Fellowship.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Military History
  • Organization of American Historians