FacultyTerence Christian

DPAA Post-Doctoral Fellowphoto of Terence Christian

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War and Conflict, Aerospace History and Archaeology, U.S. History, Historic Preservation


Terence Christian is a military historian and conflict archaeologist specializing in post-medieval armed conflict. Dr. Christian received his Ph.D. in conflict archaeology from the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, Scotland). He joined Temple University as the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s (DPAA) Historian-in-Residence in 2017. His work with the DPAA involves conducting archival research and oral histories, creating site identification and interpretation tools, constructing and interrogating geographic information systems (GIS), and producing analytical products for DPAA’s use to advance cases. His academic research primarily focuses on Second World War and Cold War aviation history and archaeology, the development of site recording methodologies, and the conception and application of historic preservation initiatives for conflict sites.

He is working on his first book, an aviation archaeology field guide, and serves on the editorial board of Federal History, the journal of the Society for History in the Federal Government. Prior to undertaking his postdoctoral research with Temple University, Dr. Christian was the Military Historian for the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program in Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications

  • “An Analysis of the European Fire Lance for Munitions Staging, Range and Lethality” in Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Fields of Conflict Conference (Forthcoming).
  • “Current Statutory Protections for Aircraft Wreck Sites on NTS Property.” Edinburgh: National Trust for Scotland, 2013.