Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

Dr. John Breihan

Dr. John Breihan

Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae


Jack Breihan was born in St. Louis, where he attended St. John Vianney High School. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge in England. He joined the Loyola faculty in 1977, when 80% of Loyola students were commuters and the faculty was a quarter of its current size. Breihan took a leading role in launching the College Honors and writing-across-the-curriculum programs, and developed courses in a number of areas. Although originally trained as a British historian, he has researched and taught military history, history through film, and historic preservation. In recent years he has developed a particular interest in the World War II years. He is currently writing a book on World War II suburban development, and is an active board member of Baltimore Heritage, a historic-preservation organization, and the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum. He also teaches in the R.C.I.A. at St. John's Catholic Community in Columbia, and has recently joined St. John's outreach program at Jessup prison.

Since 1970 Breihan has been married to Dr. Ann Whitney Breihan, Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management at the College of Notre Dame. They have three children.

Areas of Specialization

  • 20th Century American Suburbia
  • Aviation History
  • Late 18th Century Britain
  • Military History


Maryland Aloft Maryland Aloft: A Celebration of Aviators, Airfields and Aerospace (Maryland Historical Trust Press, 2003).
From Mobtown to Charm City: New Perspectives on Baltimore's Past From Mobtown to Charm City: New Perspectives on Baltimore's Past (Maryland Historical Society, 2002).
Martin Aircraft 1909-1960 Martin Aircraft 1909-1960 (Santa Ana: Narkiewicz, 1995).
Matthew Mulcahy

Matthew Mulcahy, Ph.D.

From sugarcane to hurricanes, this history professor specializes in Colonial America and the history of disasters