Letter from the Director

Institute for the Study of War and Democracy

The Institute for the Study of War and Democracy (ISWD) serves as the research core and the higher-education center of The National WWII Museum. We are proud to be a newly developed component of the Museum. The Institute’s aim is to provide a variety of top-quality scholarly programs to the public and expert audiences. We focus on the history of World War II, its legacies and lessons, and how the war is remembered around the world, and we achieve this through rich public programming, publications, and research.

In the Institute, we accomplish our vision by utilizing a team of exceptional historians and staff. Our lead historian is Rob Citino, PhD, the Museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian and author of 10 outstanding works on World War II. We also work closely with partner agencies to keep the memory of World War II and its citizen soldiers in the public consciousness. Our current partnership with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency allows ISWD staff to help identify and repatriate our heroes to their final resting place.

Please explore our biographies and list of ISWD member publications to learn more about who we are. The Institute’s mission is to provide access to new, unique, and important knowledge about World War II. Our own Kali Martin recently published a new self-guided research manual, which provides detailed and practical information about how to locate and retrieve veterans’ records from federal archives.

The ISWD team is also working to develop a bibliography of thousands of important works and resources on World War II for all levels of scholars and students of the war. If you’re looking to start your latest research project or just increase your knowledge, please visit our site to get updates on when the bibliography will be published. We’ll also be taking your recommendations on publications that should be included on our list.

In addition to our long-standing Meet the Author series, in which famous and notable authors discuss their newest work, we will be hosting a debate series each year to allow internationally recognized experts to address major topics on World War II and the world it made. These events as well as our annual International Conference on World War II and thematic Symposia bring together the best scholars and public historians of World War II and its legacies. Please join us in person or online for these important events.

We are happy to now be able to help families trace their own connection to World War II through our new WWII Research Services. Put our experienced historians to work for you to discover what your family members did during The War That Changed The World. Contact us today to start to discover your connection.

Thank you for your visit, and please check back soon to see the latest from The Institute for the Study of War and Democracy.


Dr. Martin Loicano

Executive Director

Martin Loicano, PhD

Martin Loicano, PhD, joined the Museum in 2017 and was previously the Chief Historian for the Office of the Supreme Commander, leading NATO historical programming.