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Professor John H. Maurer, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on National Security and a member of the Board of Editors of Orbis, serves as the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy at the Naval War College. He is a graduate of Yale College and holds an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the author or editor of books examining the outbreak of the First World War, military interventions in the developing world, naval rivalries and arms control between the two world wars, a study on Winston Churchill and British grand strategy, and numerous articles on international relations, strategy, and war. Before coming to the Naval War College, he held the positions of research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and executive editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs.
As the Chairman of the Strategy and Policy Department, Professor Maurer led a transformation of the College’s curriculum on strategy. At the College, he teaches a popular course on Winston Churchill as a statesman, strategist, politician, soldier, and war leader. He also serves as one of the lead professors in the College’s advanced strategy program. He served on the Secretary of the Navy’s advisory committee on naval history. In recognition of his contribution to professional military education, he holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at the College, and he received the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Superior Civilian Service Award.