Richard Shawn Faulkner will give a talk on “Mud, Blood, and Dysentery: The Doughboy’s Life in Battle” as part of The U.S. in the First World War, a lecture series commemorating the centennial of the entrance of the United States into World War I, sponsored by the department of history and the Willson Center.

Richard Shawn Faulkner is the General William H. Stofft Chair of Military History of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served for 23 years in the Army as an armor officer. His assignments included serving as a tank company commander in the 1st Armored Division during Operation Desert Storm and as an instructor of American History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Master's Degree in American History from University of Georgia and a PhD in American History from Kansas State University. He is the author of The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces (Texas A&M Press, 2012), which was the recipient of the Society for Military History's 2013 Distinguished Book Award. His second book, Pershing's Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2017.