Faculty Bios


Dr. S. Mike Pavelec 

Associate Professor

Dr. S. Mike Pavelec was recruited to JAWS after teaching at the Naval War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Calgary (Canada) as well as an MA in Military History from there. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2004.
Dr. Pavelec specializes in modern military history and thought, war and society, and theory and strategy. He teaches U.S. and global military history in the 20th century and into the new century and the future. At ACSC, Pavelec taught the Blue Horizons Working Group; the USAF’s internal think tank on the future of warfare. At JAWS he offers the Future War elective and thesis.
Dr. Pavelec has taught at the graduate-level since 2004, and has guided countless theses on topics such as military history, security studies, international diplomacy, and force and power, to name a few. He has taught and lectured widely.
Dr. Pavelec is also very prolific. He has published a number of articles, as well as three books in print: The Jet Race and the Second World War (Praeger, 2007; Naval Institute Press, 2010), The Military-Industrial Complex and American Society (ABC-Clio, 2010), and The Luftwaffe (Amber, 2010). He is currently under contract for three upcoming books, one on a survey of U.S. Military History, due out early 2015, another on World War One airpower, due out soon, and one on Modern Warfare, with Routledge UK, due out in 2017.
Dr. Pavelec is an avid sports fan, a former professional athlete, and enjoys working on and riding his motorcycles.

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