Andrew Erickson, Ph.D.

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Biography

Andrew Erickson is a professor of strategy in the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He helped to establish CMSI in 2006, and has subsequently played an integral role in its development. Since 2008 Erickson has been an associate in research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center. He has taught courses at NWC and Yonsei University, and advises student research and provides curricular inputs at NWC and elsewhere. He helped to establish, and to escort the first iteration of, NWC’s first bilateral student exchange in China, which he continues to support. For over a decade, Erickson has managed NWC’s scholarly research relationship 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

2016

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

2009

Associate Professor, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College

2006

Assistant Professor, Strategic Research Department, Naval War College

2005

Research Fellow, Strategic Research Department, Naval War College

2004

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

Education

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
2003

Intensive Intermediate Chinese Study, Princeton in Beijing, College of Chinese Language and Culture, Beijing Normal University
2002

Study of Japanese language, politics, and economics, Associated Kyoto Program, Doshisha University
1999-2000

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
2012-2017

Deployed in the Pacific as a Naval Postgraduate School Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard flagship aircraft carrier USS Nimitz
2013

Fellow, Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, in residence at Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University
2010-2011

Fellow, Public Intellectuals Program, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
2008-2011

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations
Member

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Member

International Studies Association
Member

American Political Science Association
Member

Association for Asian Studies
Life Member/Patron

International Astronautical Federation
Member, History Committee

U.S. Naval Institute
Member

Naval War College Foundation
Life Member

National Defense Industrial Association
Member

News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2019

Nov. 13, 2019
11:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Yes, China Has Missiles That Could Destroy the Navy's Aircraft Carriers

Nov. 10, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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