Dr. John H Morrow, Jr.

Franklin Professor of History

The University of Georgia

John H. Morrow, Jr., earned his BA with Honors in History from Swarthmore College and his PhD in Modern European History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.


In 1971 Professor Morrow became the first African American faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he taught for seventeen years.  During that time, he was selected a National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher and University of Tennessee Macebearer, the highest honor that a faculty member can receive.


In 1988 he came to the University of Georgia as the Franklin Professor of History.  In 1991 and again in 2010 he was elected History Department Chairman.  He served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1995 before returning to fulltime teaching and research.  Twice selected an Honors Professor for superior teaching, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of Modern Europe and of warfare and society.


He taught German history as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point spring semester 2005, for which the Department of the Army awarded him its Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.  In 1988-89 Morrow was the Charles A. Lindbergh Visiting Professor at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), where he consulted on the design of the present gallery on World War I aviation.  Morrow has been an invited lecturer at such institutions as the National War College, the Air War College, and the U.S. Military Academy.  He served on the History Advisory Committee of the Department of the Army, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Legacy Committee, and he is presently a member of the Presidential Counselors of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA.


A prolific author, he has written several books on WW I and airpower in that conflict.  Professor Morrow's book, The Great War in the Air: Military Aviation from 1909 to 1921 (1993 [2009]), is considered the definitive study of air power in the First World War.  His edited volume, A Yankee Ace in the RAF. The World War I Letters of Captain Bogart Rogers, appeared in 1996.  His comprehensive history of the First World War, The Great War: An Imperial History, was published by Routledge Press in 2004.   He wrote the chapter on the air war in the Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (1998 [2014]) and the chapters on the air war and the imperial context in the Cambridge History of the First World War (2014).  Most recently, the University of Kansas Press released Jeffrey T. Sammons’s and Morrow’s book, Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality.