About the Author

Christian B. KellerSince 2011, Dr. Christian B. Keller has been Professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA, where he teaches courses for senior leaders on the theory of war and strategy, national security policy and strategy, and the American Civil War. In 2017 he was named the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security.

Previously, he served as Professor of Military History for five and a half years at the Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Belvoir, VA, and has also taught at numerous civilian institutions, including Shippensburg University, Gettysburg College, Dickinson College, and Washington and Lee University. In 2001-2002, after completing his Ph.D, Dr. Keller was a Fulbright Professor of American History at the University of Jena, Germany.

Along with many scholarly articles focusing on strategic, operational, and ethnic topics in the Civil War, he is author of Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory (Fordham, 2007); co-author of Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg (Stackpole/Rowman-Littlefield, 2004); and co-author of Pennsylvania: A Military History (Westholme, 2016). His new book, The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy was released by Pegasus Books in July 2019.

Dr. Keller’s next project, an edited collection of essays on Confederate strategy written solely by colleagues and former students at the War College, is entitled Southern Strategies: Why the Confederacy Failed, and will be published by the University of Kansas Press in spring 2021.

A native of Carlisle, Dr. Keller lives with his wife, Kelley, in an antebellum house that witnessed the occupation of Carlisle Barracks by Confederate troops at the end of June 1863.


Dr. Keller earned his B.A. in History from Washington & Lee University in 1994 and his Ph.D. from Penn State in 2001, studying under both Gary W. Gallagher and Mark E. Neely.

Selected Awards

  • Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, 2020, for The Great Partnership
  • U.S. Army War College Outstanding Instructor Award, Core Courses, May 2016.
  • COL John J. Madigan III U.S. Army War College Faculty Writing Award, January 2014.
  • Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, June 2011
  • Golden Pen Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, December 2007
  • Fulbright Junior Lectureship Award, served at Friedrich-Schiller Universitaet, Jena, Germany, September 2001-July 2002.