Derek S. Reveron, Ph.D.

Chair National Security Affairs
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Derek S. Reveron is professor and Chair of the National Security Affairs Department and brings decades of experience in strategy development with work in dozens of countries. He served on the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission and has published widely on national security, defense policy, and foreign policy. He is a faculty affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches strategic problem-solving. He served 33 years in the Navy Reserves leading units in support of operations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America and was a special advisor in Afghanistan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cyber Warfare
  • Foreign Policy
  • Maritime Strategy
  • National Security
  • Security Cooperation

Professional Highlights


William J. Crowe, Jr. Professor of National Security, U.S. Naval War College

Professional Appointment

Chair, National Security Affairs

Lead one of three core academic departments composed of 42 faculty. Oversee all aspects of developing common core curricula for distinctive war and staff college courses of study in contemporary national security affairs encompassing international security, regional studies foreign policy analysis, U.S. foreign policy, and decision making.

Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum

Professional Appointment, 2016-2019

Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission

Professional Appointment, 2015-2017

Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Course: Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press (co-teach with Graham Allison and David Sanger)

EMC Informationist Chair, U.S. Naval War College

Promoted research and teaching of technology and national security and convened conferences to further thinking on maritime security, technology, and information sharing. 2009-2017

Graduated from Naval War College, Fleet Seminar Program

During graduate school, he formulated, implemented and evaluated democracy promotion programs for the NGO Heartland International. He graduated from the College of Naval Command Staff through the College of Distance Education Fleet Seminar Program and completed the Maritime Staff Operators Course at the Naval War College.

Received a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago

Ph.D.—Public Policy Analysis
Areas of Specialization: Public Policy, Democratization, U.S. Foreign Policy
Dissertation: Democracy for Export: Formulation, Implementation, and Evaluation of Democracy

Visiting Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy

Taught political science, where he managed the departmental internship program and course scheduling, Assistant Director of the honors program overseeing senior research projects, and received honorable mention for top military instructor (2 of 100). 2000-2003

Received a M.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Arts—Political Science
Areas of Specialization: Eastern Europe, Political Culture, American Politics


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Public policy analysis

M.A., University of Illinois, Political science

Diploma, U.S. Naval War College

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Research Contributions and Publications

Human and National Security: Transnational Challenges
with Kathleen Mahoney-Norris

The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security
with Nikolas K. Gvosdev and John Cloud (eds.)
Oxford Handbooks

Foreign Policy Research Institute Contributor
Philadelphia: Foreign Policy Research Institute

Awards and Decorations

ABLConnect Teaching Innovator Prize
Harvard University, 2019

Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award
Harvard Extension School, 2018

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