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Dr. Eugenia Kiesling

US Army

Contact Information:
Office Location: Thayer Hall, Bldg 601, Rm 159
Phone: 845.938.5603

     Jennie Kiesling has taught military and ancient history at West Point since the fall of 1995.  Born in Austin, Texas in 1956 and raised in Northern California, she received undergraduate degrees in history and classics from Yale and Universities, where she also acquired an obsession with the sport of rowing.  At Oxford she met her husband, Peter Law, a mathematician whose own obsessions are black rhinos and mountaineering.  During seven years at Stanford University she acquired a PhD in modern French European history, a passion for bicycle racing, and the first of a series of Russian Blue cats.  After a year as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, she began a six- year period as an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, where she took up sky diving, skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. 
     While teaching in West Point’s History Department, where she was promoted to Professor of History in 2002, she has served as the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the US Army War College and as a visiting fellow at the Australian National Defence Force Academy.  In the summer of 2007 she worked as an advisor to the History Department of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan in Kabul.  Since then, she has made three trips to Almaty, KZ to work on curriculum development at the ADI.
     The West Point Crew’s novice men’s coach since 1995, she now coaches both a combined men’s and the women’s team and was voted American Collegiate Rowing Associate NE Region Women’s Coach of the Year in 2016.