Dr. Antonio Thompson has a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in American Foreign
Policy with areas in Modern U.S., Modern Germany, and International Relations. He
has two Master’s Degrees, one from Western Kentucky University in European History
with a Certificate in Military History and the second in American Politics from American
Dr. Thompson teaches foreign policy, U.S. history, German history, and military history.
He also teaches a study abroad in the summer to the Caribbean island nation of Antigua
and Barbuda. His major research interests are prisoners of war and World War II.
He has worked most extensively on Axis POWs in the U.S. He has traveled widely throughout
North America and Europe including research trips to Germany, Austria, and Denmark
as well as to the National Archives at Washington, D.C. and the National Archives
II, Modern Military Branch at College Park, Maryland.
He is a recipient of The American Foreign Policy Center Fellowship at Louisiana Tech,
the Prisoner of War Research Grant from the National Park Service at Andersonville,
Georgia, and was a West Point Summer Seminar Fellow. He has been nominated for Austin
Peay’s Richard M. Hawkins Award for research excellence and is a recipient of a teaching
fellowship to the United States Military Academy where he taught both halves of History
of the Military Art to seniors. While at West Point he also participated in staff
rides at Saratoga and Gettysburg.
He has published five books and several articles and book chapters and currently has
two new monographs under contract with McFarland & Company. He has presented his
research locally and internationally. Local talks include public lectures given at
APSU, the Sons of the American Revolution, and at the regional Ohio Valley Conference.
Nationally he gave invited talks at Emory University in Atlanta on Hobbes, Machiavelli
and the rebuilding of society and the Cultural Arts Conference as part of Comic Con
International in San Diego, California where he spoke on Captain America as a foreign
policy icon. Internationally his speaking engagements include conference talks on
the captive Kriegsmarine given at the University of Greenwich in England, and on German
POWs held in the U.S. at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Dr. Thompson also takes student success seriously. He is a regular member of graduate
student committees and has served as the undergraduate Veterans Affairs advisor and
conditional admit advisor. He has hosted a series of workshops on job search success,
how to use microfilm, how to use Chicago Style documentation, and how to conduct research.
He has received several SASI (Student Academic Success Initiative) Grants. One of
these was with APSU Professor Nancy Gibson and it allowed them to take students to
the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Another one was jointly awarded with Dr.
Amy Thompson which allowed them to bring Harvard professor Dr. Steven Schlozman to
campus to talk about neuroscience and zombies. Dr. Thompson has also conducted “mock”
conferences that allow his students to present their research to APSU campus wide
audiences and help prepare them for history conferences. As part of his American
Military History course he led a “staff” ride to Fort Donelson. He also sponsor’s
a regular food drive for the APSU SOS Food Pantry. Students have recognized his efforts
by awarding him with both the Phi Alpha Theta Professor of Inspiration and the Exemplary
Faculty Member of the Year.