Evan Wilson, D.Phil.

Associate Professor John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research
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Evan Wilson is an associate professor in the Hattendorf Historical Center. He researches the naval history of Britain and other countries from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. He is the author or editor of five books, most recently “Navies in Multipolar Worlds: From the Age of Sail to the Present” (2020), which he edited with Paul Kennedy. In 2018, he won the Sir Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History for an article based on research using the U.S. Naval War College’s historical collection. Before coming to Newport, he was 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 Associate Professor, John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research.

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

North American Society for Oceanic History
Member of Council

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

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