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Richard Zuczek, Ph.D.

RZuczekDr. Richard Zuczek, the Dean of the School of Science, Mathematics, and the Humanities, joined the Academy faculty in 1999. A historian and anthropologist, Dean Zuczek’s scholarship and teaching range from military strategy and social movements, to world civilization, Coast Guard history, and art history. He has served on a variety of enrollment management and hiring committees, and was the Steering Committee Chair for the Academy’s 2010 institutional re-accreditation. Dean Zuczek’s leadership roles include Section Chief for the Government Major, Deputy Head of the Department of Humanities, and Head of the Department of Humanities. Among his accomplishments are the establishment of the Intelligence program at the Academy, the creation of the Center for Arctic Study and Policy, initiation of the Joint Duty and State Department faculty programs, and the creation of the Culture and Languages Department at CGA.


  • Ph.D. History, The Ohio State University, 1993
  • M.A., History, The Ohio State University, 1989
  • B.A., History, The Pennsylvania State University, 1986
  • B.A., Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1986

Courses Taught

  • Leaders in U.S. History
  • Romanticism
  • Second World War
  • Modern Europe
  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Civil War
  • U.S. Military Policy
  • Honors Humanities
  • World Civilizations
  • Intro to Coast Guard Wargaming
  • History of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Research Seminar in Coast Guard History
  • American Social Movements
  • Globalization and the Emerging Arctic

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Producer/author, “Polar Guardians,” documentary film funded by the Center for Arctic Study and Policy, USCGA, 2020.
  • “Andrew Johnson, Congress, and the Impeachment Crisis,” book chapter in The Politics of Impeachment, ed. Margaret Tseng, Westphalia Press (Policy Studies Organization), 2018.
  • Reconstruction: An Historical Encyclopedia. Second Edition. ABC Clio/ Greenwood Press. 2016.
  • “The Foreign Policy of Andrew Johnson,” in Andrew Johnson: A Biography. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
  • Editor-in-Chief. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era. Two Volumes. Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • “ARCSAR and U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Outlook,” The North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum, USCG Base Boston, October 2019.
  • “Armed Forces’ History in Comparative Perspective,” Office of Net Assessment Leadership Seminar, Department of Defense, Summer 2018
  • “The Great Shock and Human Identity,” The American Service Academies Program, USCGA, November 2017.
  • “The Coast Guard as a Mirror of America,” the Coast Guard Day Address, Brooklyn, NY, August 2016.

Honors and Awards

  • USCGA Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award (2016)
  • Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal
  • Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (3)
  • Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation (2)
  • Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Society for Military History
  • American Historical Association
  • New England Arctic Network
  • The History Society

Contact Information

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