Nicholas Murray

Nicholas Murray

Strategy & Policy
(401) 841-3544


Professor Nicholas Murray received his B.A. Hons. in War Studies from King's College, University of London. He holds a M.St. in European History and a D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prior to joining the Naval War College, he served as associate professor of military history at the US Army Command and General Staff College. While there, in addition to his faculty and teaching duties, he served as coordinator for the master's degree program in history, completely revamping the program during his tenure. Additionally, he assisted with the establishment of the Art of War Scholar's program. For the above he received the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service, and for his teaching he was named Civilian Educator of the Year for History in 2013. For his continued work in these areas, in December of 2014 he was awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award. He is the author of The Rocky Road to the Great War: the evolution of trench warfare to 1914. He has also written articles on fortification, and the evolution of warfare in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and he is currently editing two books and translating Clausewitz's Feldzug von 1796 in Italien into English. His recent focus has been on Professional Military Education (PME) on which he has published several articles and op-eds. Based upon his research into PME he was asked to assist the Undersecretary of Defense (P&R) with advice on the revision of PME, and with the establishment of a program for improving the teaching of strategy to the services. For his assistance in these matters he received the highest award the Secretary of Defense can bestow on a non-career civilian: The Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

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