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Laurence Nelson

PhD Student
Areas of Speciality
  • Latin America
  • Military History
Dr. Andrew Kirkendall

Research Interests

Laurence M. Nelson III is a Ph.D. candidate in United States history who specializes in U.S. military intervention in Latin America or the “Banana Wars.”  He examines the actions of both Latin American and U.S. participants in those conflicts. By analyzing transnational documentation of an institutional and personal nature, he illuminates fundamental dynamics that contributed to military outcomes.






  • “La Rebelión de Sandino en Nicaragua,” at the VI Congreso Internacional ASEHISMI: Dominio político y expansionismo militar en la historia, La Universidad de Granada, España (May 2019)


  • The General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. Marine Corps History Doctoral Resident Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • Texas A&M Department of History Dissertation Research Grant (2018 & 2019)
  • Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Research Grant (2016-2017)