Dr. David Zietsma

Provost and Vice President, Academic

Associate Professor of History

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4227


Office: 100S

Department: History, Politics & International Studies


Ph.D. (2007), History, University of Akron
Dissertation: Imagining Heaven and Hell: Religion, National Identity, and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1930-1953

M.A. (2003), History, University of Waterloo

B.A. (2002), History, McMaster University


  • Vietnam War in U.S. Culture & Film (HIS-333)

Research Interests

  • United States foreign relations, religion, culture
  • Film and American culture
  • International relations

Research Funding

Robert W. Little Dissertation Year Fellowship in History, 2006-2007
Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grant, 2006

Recent Publications

“Re-Membering Vietnam in Somalia: Black Hawk Down and Ethical Militarism in American Historical Memory,” in Adam Barkman, Ashley Barkman, and Nancy Kang, editors, The Philosophy and Culture of Ridley Scott (Lexington Books: Lanham, MD, 2013): 85-99.

“Subverting Heroic Violence: Ang Lee’s Hulk and Taking Woodstock as Anti-War Narratives,” in Robert Arp, Adam Barkman, and James McRae, editors, Philosophy and Ang Lee (University of Kentucky Press: Lexington, KY, 2013): 192-209. (also translated into Chinese and published in China)