Andrew S. Erickson, Ph.D.

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
Andrew S. Erickson photo


Dr. Andrew S. Erickson (艾立信) is Professor of Strategy (tenured full professor) in NWC’s China Maritime Studies Institute. A core founding member, he helped establish CMSI and stand it up officially in 2006 and has played an integral role in its development; from 2021–23 he served as Research Director. CMSI inspired the creation of other research centers, which he has advised and supported; he is a China Aerospace Studies Institute Associate. Since 2008 he has been an Associate in Research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center. Erickson has taught courses at NWC and Yonsei University, advises NWC student research and curricula and supports NWC’s scholarly research relations with Japanese counterparts.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Aerospace
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • China
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Indian Ocean
  • International Relations
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Technology
  • National Security
  • Piracy
  • South China Sea
  • Space
  • Taiwan
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights


Professor of Strategy, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College


Professor of Strategy and Research Director, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College


Professor of Strategy, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College


Associate Professor, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College


Assistant Professor, Strategic Research Department, Naval War College


Research Fellow, Strategic Research Department, Naval War College


Chinese Translator/Technical Analyst, Marine Science & Technology Division, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)


Ph.D., Princeton University, Politics (dissertation: “Great Power Aerospace Development: China’s Quest for the Highest High Ground”)

M.A., Princeton University, Politics (concentration: China/comparative politics and international relations)

B.A., Amherst College, History and Political Science magna cum laude (additional certificate in international relations)

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Related Credentials

Advanced Military Maritime Chinese Program, Naval War College
2008 to present

Advanced Chinese Study, Princeton in Beijing, Princeton University

Intensive Intermediate Chinese Study, Princeton in Beijing, College of Chinese Language and Culture, Beijing Normal University

Study of Japanese language, politics, and economics, Associated Kyoto Program, Doshisha University

Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Inaugural Civilian Faculty Research Excellence Award
Naval War College, 2017

Inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies
National Bureau of Asian Research, 2012

Naval War College Foundation Capt. Hugh G. Nott Prize
Second Place, 2009

U.S. Naval Institute General Prize Essay Contest
Third Prize, 2009

Naval War College Foundation Capt. Hugh G. Nott Prize
First Place, 2006

Other Honors

Associate in Research, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
2008 to present

Expert Contributor, China Real Time Report, Wall Street Journal

Deployed in the Pacific as a Naval Postgraduate School Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard flagship aircraft carrier USS Nimitz

Fellow, Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, in residence at Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University

Fellow, Public Intellectuals Program, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

External Memberships and Associations

Naval War College Review
Member, Editorial Board

Asia Policy
Member, Editorial Board

Council on Foreign Relations
Life Member

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

International Studies Association

American Political Science Association

Association for Asian Studies
Life Member/Patron

International Astronautical Federation
Member, History Committee

U.S. Naval Institute

Naval War College Foundation
Life Member

National Defense Industrial Association

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