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The Historian

Dr. Stephen Randolph serves as The Historian of the U.S. Department of State. Appointed to that position in April 2012, Dr. Randolph is responsible for the Foreign Relations of the United States series, which has documented American foreign relations since its inception in 1861. The Office of the Historian is further responsible for documenting the history of the Department of State, for providing historical analysis and support to policy makers throughout the Department of State, and for history-based outreach to the educational community and the American public.

Prior to his arrival in the Department of State, Dr. Randolph served on the faculty at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, from 1997-2011. While there he served as department chairman for the Department of Grand Strategy and Mobilization, and later for the Department of Military Strategy and Logistics. He then served as the Associate Dean of Faculty responsible for curriculum planning, accreditation, and strategic planning until moving to the Department of State in 2011.

Dr. Randolph graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1974, and served twenty-seven years on active duty in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel in 2001. While on active duty he flew F-4s and F-15s, with a tour in Operation Desert Storm, and served in senior staff positions on the Joint Staff and the Air Staff. He earned a master’s degree in the History of Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, and a Doctorate in History from the George Washington University in 2005. Dr. Randolph is the author of Powerful and Brutal Weapons: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Easter Offensive, published by Harvard University Press in 2007.