Austin Becker, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow College of Maritime Operational Warfare
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Professor Becker is a visiting faculty member who creates and tests methods to help decision makers address complex problems, including challenges in policy and planning, from natural disasters and climate change. He is collaborating with NWC faculty to apply these methods for military facilities to advance climate resilience initiatives and develop disaster planning processes. These collaborations will directly benefit the base/community interface and have the potential to augment war gaming and disaster exercises taught at NWC. His appointment represents an exciting opportunity for University of Rhode Island and NWC to advance educational opportunities and better support the DOD.

Areas of Expertise

  • Homeland Security
  • Information Operations
  • Military Planning
  • Military Technology
  • Policy
  • United Nations

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor

In 2019, Professor Becker was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the University of Rhode Island's Dept. of Marine Affairs.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Becker joined the Dept. of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island

Awarded Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Ocean Science

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow in Ocean Science, awarded highly-competitive research fellowship for the best early-career scientists from the United States and Canada in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2013, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

M.E.S.M., University of Rhode Island, 2006

M.M.A., University of Rhode Island, 2005

B.A., Hampshire College, 1995

Williams College/Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, 1994

Related Credentials

United States Coast Guard Captain License, 500-Ton Master, Oceans, Auxiliary Sail

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