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Melissa Jordine

Melissa Jordine
Professor of History

Dr. Jordine joined the Department in 2020 and teaches a wide range of history courses, and is important to both the Liberal Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs.



●          Ph.D. in History, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,

            Carbondale, IL.

            Examination Fields:  Modern European History, Early Modern European History,

            20th Century U.S. History, Modern Russian History.

            Dissertation:  Rommel’s Mission and the Mediterranean Theater: German

            Intervention in North Africa 1941-1942.

●          M.A. in History, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

●          B.A. in History, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois.


 Areas of Specialization


Modern Germany


Military History



Academic Positions


●          Professor, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, 2020 --    

         Professor, California State University, Fresno, 2015 – 2020

          Associate Professor, California State University, Fresno, 2009 – 2015

●          Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno, 2005 – 2009

●          Visiting Lecturer, Hendrix College,  Conway, 2000-2001



Professional Development


Military History Instructor’s Course at Ft. Leavenworth, January 5-13 2014. All participants completed required readings, participated in discussions, submitted assignments and gave presentations during the Staff Ride.


● Westpoint Summer Seminar for Military Historians, June 2004.


Courses Taught


• Western Civilization I & II/ World History I & II

•  Germany 

•   Holocaust                                                                                      

• U.S. Military History                                              

• World War II

• Twentieth-Century Dictators                      





San Joaquin Valley Council for Social Studies Professor of the Year Award, 2011.


Publications Since 2009




Jordine, Melissa. “A Holocaust Exhibit: Actively Engaging Students.” The International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP), Volume 5, Number 1, 2015.


Jordine, Melissa, “The Origins of the Cold War” in Slutsky, Beth, Shennan Hutton, Sarah Taylor, Melissa Jordine, et. al. History Blueprint: The Cold War. California History-Social Science Project. Davis, California: University of California, Davis, 2013.


Book Reviews:


Jordine, Melissa. “The Legacy of El Alamein” The Journal of Military History (Forthcoming, 2017).


Jordine, Melissa. “Deception in North Africa” Michigan War Review, 22 August 2014.  [ An essay reviewing Whitney T. Bendeck’s “A” Force: The Origins of British Deception During the Second World War, Annapolis, Maryland. Naval Institute Press, 2013.]



Presentations 2009 – 2014


“Opportunities for Students and Connections with the Community that Benefit All” WSCUC ARC Conference in Garden Grove, California, April 6-8, 2016.


“British, French and German Strategies in World War II,” California Council for the Social Studies, Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, April 7-9 2014.


"Donkey's Leading Lions: Reassessing Military Leadership and Tactics in WWI,” California Council for the Social Studies, Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, April 7-9 2014. [].


“Armored Warfare.” Guest lecture at the University of the Pacific, March 28, 2014.


“The Origins of the Cold War,” History Blueprint Cold War Workshop, Fresno State, February 8, 2014. Sponsored by the History Project @ Fresno State.


“The Development of Armored Warfare, 1916-1939” Guest Lecture at the University of the Pacific, March 23, 2012 and April 2014.


“No History Left Behind,” American Historical Association Meeting in San Diego, January 7th to 10th 2009.

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