Rose Mary Sheldon, Ph.D.


Rose Mary Sheldon
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 464-7691

2554 Holly Avenue
Buena Vista, VA  24450
(540) 261-3710


  • Ph.D. 1987  The University of Michigan, Ancient history, Roman provincial archaeology, Byzantine history
  • M.A. 1976   Hunter College, City University of New York, Ancient history, Medieval history
  • B.A. 1969   Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey, European history


  • Virginia Military Institute, Professor, August 2000-present
    Virginia Military Institute, Department Head, December 2009-August 2005
  • Virginia Military Institute, (Associate Professor) 1996-2000
  • Virginia Military Institute, (Assistant Professor) 1993-1996
  • American Military University, (Adjunct) 1996-present, Graduate courses in ancint intelligence
  • Norwich University, (Assistant Professor) 1991-1993
  • Montana State University, (Assistant Professor) 1990-1991, Western Civilization, Greek History, Roman History, Egypt and Mesopotamia
  • George Washington University (Adjunct) 1990, Espionage in the Ancient World
  • Defense Intelligence College, (Adjunct) 1986-1989, Graduate seminar:  An Intelligence Retrospective, Troy to Pearl Harbor
  • Georgetown University, (Adjunct) 1984-1988, Espionage in the Ancient World, Politics and Propaganda in the Hellenistic Age, The Roman Republic, The Roman Empire, Classical Greek
  • Civilization, Smithsonian Institution, Guest Lecturer 1989, 2003, 2004


  • Matthew Fontaine Maury Research Award, VMI, 21 May 2008.
  • Virginia Social Science Assn., Scholar of the Year in History, 2007.
  • VMI Faculty Development Leave - Spring 2005.
  • VMI Faculty Travel Stipend - Harvard University, 2003.
  • VMI Faculty Developmental Grant, 2001.
  • VMI Technology Grant, Summer 2000.
  • VMI Wachmeister Sabbatical Leave, Spring 2000.
  • VMI Faculty Summer Grant, 1999 to Kalkriese, Germany.
  • VMI Faculty Summer Stipend, 1998, Bibliography of Ancient Intelligence Literature
  • VMI Faculty Summer Stipend, 1997, Great Battles of Antiquity
  • VMI Faculty Summer Stipend, 1994, Intelligence in the Ancient Near East
  • National Intelligence Book Award, 1988 for Tinker, Tailor, Caesar, Spy: Espionage in Ancient Rome (as dissertation)
  • Rome Prize in Classical Studies, American Academy in Rome 1980-1981.
  • Trenton State College, Alumna of the Year Award, 1989.
  • American Association of University Women, Dissertation Grant 1980-1981.
  • A.E.R. Boak Fellowship in Ancient History, University of Michigan 1976-1977.
  • New Jersey State Scholarship 1965-1969.
  • Travel Fellowship at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Trenton State College, 1968.


  • The Journal of Military History
  • International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
  • Small Wars and Insurgencies 2004-
  • Sparta


  • Classical Association of Virginia
  • Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
  • Association of Ancient Historians
  • Association of Former Intelligence Officers
  • International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Editorial Board
  • Small Wars and Insurgencies, Editorial Board
  • RIEAS (Research Institute for European and American Studies, Athens, Greece), Advisory Board.


  • NPR, With Good Reason, 2001, "Espionage in the Ancient World"
  • NPR, With Good Reason, March 15-21, 2003 "The Problem of Evil
  • NPR, With Good Reason, May 2006, "Rome's Wars in Iraq With Modern Parallels" 


  • Wye Faculty Seminars, Aspen Institute, Summer 1997.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Seminar on Improving Student Satisfaction and Success in the Large-Classroom Environment, April 12, 1996.
  • C-SPAN Summer Seminar for Professors, August 10-11, 1992, Washington, D.C.
  • Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, Eighth Summer Faculty Institute on U.S. - Commonwealth Relations and World Security Affairs, June 8-12, 1992, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.


  • University of Michigan Excavations at Carthage, Tunisia
  • Università di Perugia Excavations at Saepinum, Italy
  • Université de Grenoble Excavations at Marnans, France
  • Archaeological Survey of Constantine, Algeria