I am Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
‘Gary Sheffield has established himself as one of the foremost authorities on the British Army of the First World War’
Professor Saul David, University of Buckingham
‘Gary Sheffield is one of Britain’s foremost historians of the First World War – insightful, original, and superbly informed’
Sir Max Hastings, military historian
I was educated at Raynes Park High School and the University of Leeds (BA 1982, MA by research 1985) and King’s College London [KCL] (1994). My academic career started in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985. It was a wonderful apprenticeship for a military historian, working alongside colleagues such as Richard Holmes, John Keegan, David Chandler, John Pimlott and many others. While at Sandhurst I studied part-time for my doctorate, supervised by Professor Brian Bond. I moved on to KCL in 1999 as Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies. I was based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, where I was also Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, the UK military’s senior operational course.
In 2005 I was awarded a Personal Chair by KCL, and moved to the University of Birmingham to take up the inaugural Chair of War Studies in 2006. In 2013 I joined the University of Wolverhampton as Professor of War Studies, where along with Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor John Buckley, and Dr Spencer Jones, we form the strongest group of military history scholars in a conventional UK university.
This year, 2014, is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Naturally, this is a busy time for me, with plenty of media exposure and public speaking engagements. I hope you can join me at one of the many events at which I am speaking.