Class of 1980
Associate Professor of History, West Carolina University
Born and raised in Savannah, David R. Dorondo earned his bachelor’s degree in history cum laude from Armstrong in 1980 and a Master’s of Arts in German and European diplomatic history from the University of South Carolina in 1984. He was admitted to the doctorate of philosophy program at the University of Oxford in 1988. While there, Dorondo also earned a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship to attend the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in the Federal Republic of Germany.
The author of “Bavaria and German Federalism: Reich to Republic – 1918-1933, 1945-1949” and “Riders of the Apocalypse: German Cavalry and Modern Warfare, 1870-1945”, Dorondo has also published numerous articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries on German and modern European military history, most notably in “Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990”; “Air Warfare: An International Encyclopedia”; “Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia”; and the “Encyclopedia of the Korean War”.
Dorondo serves as an at-large member of the Executive Board of the North Carolina Association of Historians and has been a member of the graduate and undergraduate faculties of Western Carolina University since 1987. In addition to his regular teaching and committee responsibilities, Dorondo has served since 2000 as Faculty Advisor to the Pi Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and advises the WCU History Club. He received WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for the academic year 2000-2001 and is a past member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the College’s international studies major.
Dorondo lives with his wife and daughter below Flat Gap in the Wilson Creek Valley of Jackson County, North Carolina.