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History Department

CAPTAIN JAMES CHRISTOPHER RENTFROW, USN

 

EMAIL: rentfrow@usna.edu
DIVISION OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, U. S. NAVAL ACADEMY
107 MARYLAND AVENUE ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND 21402-5044
(410) 293-6303

  EDUCATION
 2008-2012       University of Maryland, College Park, Ph.D., History, Dissertation: “The Squadron
                         Under Your Command: Change and the Construction of Identity in the U.S. Navy’s
                         North Atlantic Squadron,1874-1897.” Directed by Professor Jon T. Sumida, University of Maryland,
                         College Park, Department of History.

 1999-2000       Troy State University, MS, Human Resource Management, 2000.

1985-1989        United States Naval Academy, BS, 1989.

SIGNIFICANT WORK EXPERIENCE

2017-               Deputy Director, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, U.S. Naval Academy

2013-2016       Associate Chair, Department of History, U.S. Naval Academy

2012- 2013      Permanent Military Professor, Department of History, U.S. Naval Academy.

 2008-2012       Graduate Student, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

2007-2008       Military Instructor, Department of National Security Decision Making, U.S. Naval War College.

2005-2007       Combat Direction Center Officer, USS John C. Stennis, Bremerton,
                        Washington. Supervised 100 personnel responsible for all aspects of self-defense
                        of the aircraft carrier.

2002-2005       Military Instructor, Department of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy.

2000-2002       Operations Officer in Electronic Attack Squadron 137, Whidbey Island, Washington. 
                        Responsible for aircrew readiness, scheduling, and employment of 26 aircrew and 4 EA-6B aircraft.

1999-2000       Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

1997-1999       Electronic Warfare Officer, Cruiser-Destroyer Group FIVE, San Diego, California. 
                        Responsible for training and employment of electronic warfare tactics for a five-ship
                        aircraft carrier battlegroup. 

1995-1997       Administrative Officer and Safety Officer in Electronic Attack Squadron (Reserve) 209,
                        Washington, D.C. Responsible for training and readiness of reserve EA-6B aircrews.

1992-1995       Aircraft Division Officer in Electronic Attack Squadron 138, Whidbey Island, Washington. 
                        Responsible for 50 personnel conducting maintenance on EA-6B aircraft.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2012 – Present    Permanent Military Professor, U.S. Naval Academy

HH 104 American Naval History

HH 216 The West in the Modern World

HH 262 The U.S. Naval Renaissance, 1881-1898

HH 349 The Emergence of Modern America, 1896-1945


2008-2012   Graduate Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park

HIST 215, Modern Military History, 1815-Present

HIST 156, U.S. History Survey I, 1607-1865

GEMS 104, Topics in Science, Technology, and Society


2007-2008   Military Instructor, U.S. Naval War College

Strategy and Theater Security (STS)

Security Strategy/Forces (SSF)

2007   Instructor, Central Texas College (PACE Program)

HIST 1302, U.S. History II, 1865-Present

GOVT 2301, American Government I

HIST 2312, Western Civilization II


2002-2005       Military Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy

HH 104, American Naval History

FP 130, U.S. Government

FP 430, Political Philosophy

FE 210, Introduction to Economics


SCHOLARSHIP

Monographs

Home Squadron: The U.S. Navy on the North Atlantic Station, Naval Institute Press, 2014


Book Chapters

“War with Spain and the Revolution in Naval Affairs, 1895-1910,” in James C. Bradford, ed., America, Sea Power, and the World, Wiley Press, 2015


Edited Books

New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the 19th Naval History Symposium Held at the U.S. Naval Academy, 17-18 September 2015, Naval War College Press.  Currently in work, anticipated publication in 2018


Articles and Essays

“Electronic Combat Support for an Expeditionary Air Force: The Lessons of History,” Wright Flyer Paper No.15, Air University Press, 2001.

“Seabee’s Story: Into Battle with the Marines,” Naval History Magazine, June 2015


Published Book Reviews

O’Hara, In Passage Perilous: Malta and the Convoy Battles of June 1942, in October 2013 Naval History Magazine.

Shenk, America’s Black Sea Fleet, for Choice (Reviews for Academic Libraries), June 2013

Symonds, The U.S. Navy, for Choice (Reviews for Academic Libraries), 21 January 2016

Hughes, Admiral Bill Halsey: A Naval Life, for The Historian (Journal of Phi Alpha Theta), 2016

Hughes, Admiral Bill Halsey: A Naval Life, for Choice (Reviews for Academic Libraries), 2016

Harding, Modern Naval History: Debates and Prospects, for History: Reviews of New Books, 2016

Castelman, Knickerbocker Commodore: The Life and Times of John Drake Sloat, 1781-1867, for Southern California Quarterly, 2017

Pedisich, Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881-1921, for Choice (Reviews for Academic Libraries), 2017


Conference Presentations

“The North Atlantic Squadron and the Problem of Sea Control in the Caribbean, 1888-1989,” paper presented at the Society for Military History Annual Meeting, 2013

Panel Chair, “Turn of the Century Naval Competition and Cooperation,” 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium

Panel Commentary: “Economics and Commercial Imperialism of the Navy in the Second Half of the 19th Century,” 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium

Panel Chair and Commentary: “Civil War to Grand Rapprochement,” From Enemies to Allies: An International Conference on the War of 1812 and its Aftermath, 2013

Panel Chair and Commentary: “Researching and Teaching Air War,” Violent Skies: Air War Over Vietnam, National Defense University, 2015

Panel Chair and Commentary: “Lessons Learned from Tragedy at Sea,” 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium

Panel Chair and Commentary: “The Great War Approaches,” 2017 McMullen Naval History Symposium


Invited Lectures

"Admiral of the Navy George Dewey Commemorative Lecture,” Naval Order of the United States, 1 May 2014

 “8 Bells Lecture” Naval War College Museum, 18 September 2014

 “VADM Ralph L. and Francis Shifley Lecture,” US Naval Academy Museum, 11 February 2015

 “The War of 1812 and the Construction of Identity in the U.S. Navy,” National Society, Daughters of the War of 1812, Washington, D.C., 6 April 2015.

 “The War of 1812 and the Construction of Identity in the U.S. Navy,” The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 9 January 2016.

 “The World War I Navy: Second to None,” Smithsonian Institution, 16 May 2017

 
Awards

Samuel Eliot Morison Scholar, Naval Historical Center, 2007

Dean’s Award for the Outstanding Research Paper in the Profession of Arms, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, 2000.

 

SERVICE

2017 – Present
Deputy Director, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Superintendent’s Representative: Navy Strategic Enterprise, Senior Executive Group

Senior Honor Remediator

Faculty Representative, Varsity Rifle Team


2016 – 2017
Associate Chair, Department of History (Fall Semester)

Superintendent’s Representative: Navy Strategic Enterprise, Senior Executive Group

Promotion and Tenure Committee

Senior Honor Remediator

Faculty Representative, Varsity Rifle Team


2015 – 2016
Associate Chair, Department of History

Director, 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium

Superintendent’s Representative: Navy Strategic Enterprise, Senior Executive Group

Class of 1957 Chair and Fellow Search Committee

Secretary of the Navy Innovation Post-Doctoral Fellow Search Committee

Pay Committee

Research and Sabbatical Committee

SHAPE Fleet Mentor

Senior Honor Remediator

Faculty Representative, Varsity Rifle Team


2014 – 2015
Associate Chair, Department of History

Director, 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium

Class of 1957 Chair and Fellow Search Committee

Pay Committee

Research and Sabbatical Committee

SHAPE Fleet Mentor

Senior Honor Remediator

Faculty Representative, Varsity Rifle Team

Officers’ Christian Fellowship Ministry Team


2013 – 2014
Associate Chair, Department of History (Spring Semester)

Deputy Director, 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium

Class of 1957 Chair and Fellow Search Committee

Pay Committee

Research and Sabbatical Committee

AdHoc Committee on Chair Nomination (2013)

Faculty Representative, Varsity Rifle Team

Officers’ Christian Fellowship Ministry Team

SHAPE Fleet Mentor Mentor

Senior Honor Remediator

Officer-in-Tactical-Command (OTC) for LANTPATRAMID 2014 Block III

2012 - 2013
Deputy Director, 2013 McMullan Naval History Symposium

Class of 1957 Chair Search Committee

War of 1812 in Annapolis Commemoration Committee

Officers’ Christian Fellowship Ministry Team

SHAPE Fleet Mentor

Senior Honor Remediator

YP Officer-in-Charge, LANTPATRAMID 2013


2004-2005
Yard-Wide Prizes and Awards Committee

Humanities/Social Sciences Division Gift Fund Manager

Officer Representative, Officers’ Christian Fellowship

Conduct Remediation Mentor

Sunday School Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy Chapel

 
2003-2004
Chair, Yard-Wide Prizes and Awards Committee

Humanities/Social Sciences Division Gift Fund Manager

Yard Patrol Boat Assistant Officer-In-Charge, LANTPATRAMID 2004

Officer Representative, Officers’ Christian Fellowship

Officer Representative, Women’s Club Soccer

Conduct Remediation Mentor

Sunday School Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy Chapel


2002-2003
Deputy Chair, Yard-Wide Prizes and Awards Committee

Humanities/Social Sciences Division Gift Fund Manager

Yard Patrol Boat Assistant Officer-In-Charge, LANTPATRAMID 2003

Officer Representative, Officers’ Christian Fellowship

Sunday School Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy Chapel

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Historical Association

Naval Order of the United States

North American Society for Oceanic Research (Editorial Board: The Northern Mariner)

Naval Historical Foundation

Society for Military History

U.S. Naval Institute

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