Evan Wilson, D.Phil.

Assistant Professor John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research
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Evan Wilson is an assistant professor in the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research. His research specializes in the relationship between navies and societies, and he seeks to connect naval history to other approaches to national history. The Institute of Historical Research awarded him the Sir Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History for an article based on research conducted in the Naval War College Historical Collection. Before coming to Newport, he was the Caird Senior Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum (UK) and the Associate Director of International Security Studies at Yale University. He holds degrees from Yale, Cambridge and Oxford.

Areas of Expertise

  • Europe
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Piracy
  • Revolutionary War
  • War of 1812
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


U.S. Naval War College

Appointed Assistant Professor, John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research.

Yale University

Appointed Associate Director, International Security Studies, and Lecturer, History Department.

National Maritime Museum (UK)

Appointed Caird Senior Research Fellow.

University of Oxford

Awarded D.Phil in History.


D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2015, History

M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2008, Modern European History

B.A., Yale University, 2007, History

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Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Sir Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History

Other Honors

Clarendon Scholarship
University of Oxford (2011-2014)

Humanities Scholarship, University College
Oxford (2011-2014)

Graduated with distinction, M.Phil.
University of Cambridge (2008)

Graduated magna cum laude with distinction in History, B.A.
Yale University (2007)

External Memberships and Associations

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

University of Massachusetts Press's monograph series, Veterans
Member of Editorial Board

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