Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Courses: American Experience I & II, Contemporary Issues in National Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
Military Title: SSGT (USMC)
Dr. Earl J. Catagnus, Jr. (Captain/VFMAC) is the Founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Security Studies, and an Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College.
Dr. Catagnus’s research has focused on questions concerning military history as well as current national security and intelligence dilemmas. He served as a national security analyst for several documentaries and news programs, and his scholarship has been featured in both academic publications such as The Journal of Military History and service journals like Marine Corps Gazette and Naval Institute Proceedings. In 2013, he was awarded a U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowship, and in 2012 he was a recipient of both a Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Fellowship for the Army Heritage Center Foundation. Currently, he is completing revisions for his book manuscript titled, Blood Brothers: Tracing the U.S. Army Infantry and Marine Corps to a Crossroads, 1918-1945.
As for military service, Dr. Catagnus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1998. During recruit training, he was the Platoon and Company Honor Graduate, and, upon graduation, was meritoriously promoted to the rank of lance corporal. Immediately after entering the Fleet Marine Force as an infantryman, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion/2nd Marines Scout/Sniper Platoon where he eventually graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps’ Scout/Sniper School. In 2004, he deployed as a section leader in 3rd Battalion/5th Marines’ Scout/Sniper Platoon during the Second Battle for Fallujah, popularly known as Operation Phantom Fury. His military decorations include the Purple Heart, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with Combat V for valor, four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, and two Certificates of Commendation.
He holds a B.S. in Life Science (with distinction) and a B.A. in History (with distinction) from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Temple University.