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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of History

John W Lemza, Ph.D.

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Adjunct Instructor, Post-1945 U.S., Cold War
(804) 690-9533


  • Post-1945 America
  • Cold War
  • Oral History
  • Digital History


John W. Lemza is the author of American Military Communities in West Germany: Life in the Cold War Badlands, 1945-1990 (April 2016, McFarland Publishers). His current book project for U. Kansas Press is on the Cold War television series The Big Picture and its influence in shaping public understanding of the military on the small screen. His research projects include discovering methods to expand the traditional models of conducting oral history through interviews with military veterans. He sits on the advisory council for the Virginia Center on Aging sponsored by VCU. He is also serving as president of the board of directors for the Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield County, a non-profit educational organization for community members 55+. He holds degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point (BS, 1976), Virginia Commonwealth University (MA, 2005), and George Mason University (PhD, 2014).


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