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Verb Washington

Lecturer; Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Office of the Dean, History


Email: Verb Washington
Phone: 937-229-2611
OR 102E


Dr. Washington's primary research interest is in the African American military experience. He joined the faculty at the University of Dayton in 2010. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His dissertation titled "Eagles on Their Buttons: The Fifth Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Troops in The American Civil War," concerns the recruitment, experience, and societal reintegration of black soldiers in the American Civil War.

Dr. Washington retired after 30 years of service in the United States Army at the rank of Colonel in the Corps of Engineers. He had two tours in combat, serving as a engineer company commander in the Persian Gulf War, and as the MNF-I Senior Liaison Officer to the Iraqi Prime Minister's National Operation Center during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal, and also received the Legion of Merit. He has served in Germany, Iraq, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and several locations in the United States. He has served on the History faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was the Professor of Military Science and the chair of the Department of Military Science at UD from 2003-2007.

Courses Taught

  • HST 344: History of Science, Technology & the Modern Corporation
  • HST 260: History of Pre-Modern East Asia

Research Interests

  • American Military History
  • 20th Century African American History
  • 19th Century United States History
  • History of Transportation in America

Selected Publications

"My Clan Against the World," US and Coalition Forces in Somalia, 1992-1994. Combat Studies Institute Press, 2004.

Eagles on Their Buttons: A Black Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. University of Missouri Press, 1999.