J. B. Potter
J. B. Potter, a native of Central Virginia, graduated from Hampden-Sydney College
with a B.A. in history in 2011. After serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and working as a translator in Mainz, Germany, he earned an M.A. in German through Middlebury College’s C.V. Starr School at Johannes Gutenberg-University. As an aspiring military historian, he explores the evolution of armed conflict in the modern age. To this end, the wars of United States and Germany form the backbone of his writing and research. With a Schwerpunkt that places strong emphasis on the Civil War and the Second World War, J.B. employs a comparative historical approach that crosses cultural and national lines. He is especially interested in mobile and armored warfare, observers and volunteers from foreign armies (e.g., officer attachés), military myths, and collective memory through the lens of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past). Upon completing his studies in Blacksburg, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in history.