Carolyn Pumphrey » People

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Carolyn Pumphrey

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Associate Director Triangle Institute for Security StudiesTriangle Institute for Security Studies Work 132 Rubenstein Hall 302 Towerview Drive Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0316 Work Phone: (919) 613-9280 Website:
: Carolyn Pumphrey is Associate Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and Teaching Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University. Though born in the United States, and a long-time resident of North Carolina, she spent more than twenty years living overseas (England, France, and Switzerland). She has taught a wide variety of courses at college level, including “War and Society in Ancient and Medieval Times,” and the “History of Restraints on War.” Her research interests focus on the European Middle Ages. She was the Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Triangle Institute for Security Studies between 1997 and 2000. She is the editor of five collections of conference proceedings:: Transnational Threats: Blending Law Enforcement and Military Strategies (SSI: 2000); The Rise of China: Security Implications (SSI: 2002); (with Rye Schwartz Barcott) Armed Conflict in Africa (Scarecrow Press, 2003); Global Climate Change: National Security Implications (SSI 2008), and The Energy and Security Nexus: A Strategic Dilemma (SSI 2012). Her undergraduate degree (Literature and History) is from the University of York, U.K. and her doctorate (1985) is from Duke University.
: Associate Director
: Triangle Institute for Security Studies
: Ph.D.
: History
: Duke University
: Active
: Medieval History
Restraints on War
Water in the Middle Ages