Dr. Lee L. Brice
College Outstanding Faculty Award Winner -- Tytus Fellow -- WIU "Outstanding FYE Teacher" Award Winner
2014 Gertrude Smith Professor and a Co-Director of the Summer Session of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
The Role of Military History in the Contemporary Academy (SMH White Paper)
Dr. Lee Brice joined the Department in the Fall of 2003 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His historical interests include Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and Military History. He offers the Department's undergraduate courses on Ancient Greece [History 320], Ancient Rome [History 321], and Pre-modern Military History [History 322], as well as an upper-division/graduate courses on Alexander the Great [History 431(G)] and an upper-division/graduate topics course in ancient history [History 430(G)]. In addition to these field-specific courses, he also teaches the first half of the Department's Western Civilization sequence [History 125]. His graduate seminars [History 514, 515, 540, and 541] focus on ancient Rome and on military history in the ancient world.
Prof. Brice's specific areas of focus for his research are Roman military-sociology especially during the late republic and early empire and Greek Numismatics, especially of Ancient Corinth. His publications include articles on the Roman army as a peace-keeping force, the treatment of the Roman army in the HBO/BBC TV series Rome, Octavian Caesar and the Roman army, and a forthcoming article examining the Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415 BCE. In addition to his articles, Dr. Brice is co-editor of an historiographical collection, Recent Directions in the Military History of the Ancient World, due out in May 2011.
Dr. Brice has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, including the University of Cincinnati's Tytus Fellowship, two Faculty Summer Research Stipends from the WIU Foundation, a University Research Council Grant from WIU, a Faculty Mentor Grant from the WIU College of Arts and Sciences, a Summer Travel Grant from the WIU Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research, the Eric Neumann Summer Fellowship from the American Numismatic Society, and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society. He has also received a number of grants from the University, College, and Department to fund his students' undergraduate research projects. Dr. Brice has also won the College's Outstanding Faculty Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring.
Dr. Brice has served as the Faculty Advisor for Western's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta , the National Honors Society for history majors. Under his leadership, our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta began an on-line journal, the Western Illinois Historical Review , which publishes annually the best examples of WIU history students' research. Dr. Brice has also been very involved in mentoring history students' Undergraduate Research projects on a wide array of topics, including serving as Director of the Undergraduate Research Initiative in Military History. He also leads short-term Summer study-abroad trips to Greece and Rome; in 2005 he led a group of WIU and Monmouth college students to Greece, in 2007 he led WIU students to Rome, and in 2010 co-led WIU and Illinois State students on a summer study-abroad trip to Greece. Within the field of ancient history, Dr. Brice is active and busy. He is the current Book Reviews Editor of the Society of Ancient Military Historians . He is also Chair of the Publications Committee for the Association of Ancient Historians.
Dr. Brice (center front) with the 2009 Phi Alpha Theta Initiates