Bradford A. Lee, Ph.D.
Philip A. Crowl Chair of Comparative Strategy
Strategy & Policy
Bradford A. Lee holds the Philip A. Crowl Chair of Comparative Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, he received his B.A. from Yale University, where he played on a nationally ranked football team, pitched on the baseball team, and produced a senior thesis that was published as a book by Stanford University Press. He earned his Ph.D. as a Mellon Fellow at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and then held a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in the prestigious Society of Fellows at Harvard University, during which time he did historical research in several countries on the Great Depression and World War II and language study in Chinese and Japanese.
Lee then served as a history professor for eight years at Harvard, winning the Levenson Memorial Prize as the best teacher among assistant and associate professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He taught a course on American-East Asian relations that roughly one-quarter of all Harvard undergraduates took in their four years at the university. He also taught popular courses on European history in the twentieth century and on international relations since 1870. While at Harvard, Lee published studies on a broad array of subjects: military strategy, foreign policy, the domestic politics of national priorities, and macroeconomic theory and policy.
Lee joined the Naval War College faculty in 1987 and began to focus in a more specialized way on issues of military strategy. His recent publications include a book of essays, Strategic Logic and Political Rationality, which he co-edited with Karl Walling and to which he contributed an analysis of the recurring strategic problems that the United States has experienced in terminating its wars in a manner that produces durable political results; a chapter about “The Cold War as a Coalition Struggle” in Bruce Elleman and S.C. M. Paine, eds., Naval Coalition Warfare; and an essay on the Strategy and Policy course at the Naval War College, in Gabriel Marcella, ed., Teaching Strategy. He has a forthcoming piece on the Guadalcanal campaign in the South Pacific in August 1942-February 1943, in a another volume edited by Elleman and Paine In addition, Lee is currently at work on a long book entitled On Winning Wars..
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