Senior historian James Rife conducts historical and litigation research. His project experience includes investigating the corporate and environmental history of manufactured gas operations and World War I and II era materials production facilities; documenting and analyzing Native American land transactions; researching the wartime experiences of individual veterans; and conducting oral histories. He also contributed to History Associates’ history of the DuPont Company and has published books on the histories of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, the U.S. Indian Health Service of the U.S. Public Health Service, the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Iraq War, the Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and private companies such as I.B. Abel, Inc.
Mr. Rife earned associate’s degrees in applied science and electrical and electronic technology from Southwest Virginia Community College, a BS in electrical engineering technology from Bluefield State College in West Virginia, and a BA in history from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, with a specialization in modern European and Russian history. He earned his MA in American history at Virginia Tech and has completed a year’s coursework toward a Ph.D. in military history at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
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