John B. Hattendorf, D.Litt

Special Advisor John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research
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Biography

Professor John B. Hattendorf is the Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus of Maritime History, a chair he occupied at the U.S. Naval War College from 1984 to 2016. He served as chairman of the College’s Advanced Research Department from 1986-2003, chairman, Maritime History Department and director of the Naval War College Museum from 2003-16. A former surface warfare officer, he earned his degrees in history from Kenyon College (A.B., 1964), Brown University (A.M., 1971) and the University of Oxford (D.Phil., 1979; D.Litt., 2016). He is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including "Sailors and Scholars" (new edition forthcoming) and the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History" (2007).

Areas of Expertise

  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy

Professional Highlights

2016

Retirement

2016- pres. Naval War College, Senior Mentor, John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research and Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus of Maritime History.
1988

Adjunct Positions

1988-94, faculty, Salve Regina University, Graduate Program in International Affairs;
1990-2018, faculty, Frank C. Munson Institute of Maritime Studies, Mystic Seaport; Director, 1996-2001;
1992, 1993, John Carter Brown Library, Director, NEH Summer Institute in Early Modern Maritime History.
1981

Visiting Academic Positions

1981-83, Visiting Professor of Military and Naval History, National University of Singapore;
1986, Senior Associate, St Antony's College, Oxford;
1990-91, Visiting Scholar, German Armed Forces Military Research Office;
2001-02, Visiting Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford.
1977

Naval War College

1977-78, Associate Prof, Strategy & Policy.
1979-81, Assistant Prof, S & P, CCE.
1983-84, Professor of Naval History, CNWS.
1984 - 2016, E.J. King Professor of Maritime History.
1986-2003, Director, Advanced Research Dept.
2003-16, Chairman, Maritime History Dept.
2003-16, Director, NWC Museum.
2018-23, Senior Mentor, John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research.
1964

Naval Service

1964-65, OCS, Newport, Commissioned 5 Feb 1965;
1965-67, USS O'Brien (DD 725), Main Propulsion Assistant;
1967-69, OPNAV, Naval History Division (OP-09B9);
1969-71, USS Purdy (DD 734), Reserve Crew Chief Engineer;

1971, Naval Destroyer School, Newport
1971-72, USS Fiske (DD 842), Operations Officer;
1972-73, Speechwriter for President NWC / Advanced Research faculty / S& P faculty

Education

D.Litt., University of Oxford, 2016, History

D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1979, History

A.M., Brown University, 1971, History

A.B., Kenyon College, 1964, History

Diploma, Munson Institute of American Maritime History, 1970

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Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award
2016

Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award
2009 and 2016

Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet Letter of Commendation for Performance of Duty in Combat
1967

Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam War Vietnam War Service
Three Campaigns

Other Honors

Inductee, Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame
2019

Anderson Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Maritime History, Society for Nautical Research (UK)
2017

John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, established at Naval War College
2017

N.A.M. Rodger, J. Ross Dancy, Benjamin Darnell, and Evan Wilson, eds., Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf (Boydell, 2016)
2016

Commodore Dudley W. Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award, Naval Historical Foundation
2014

The Admiral of the Navy George Dewey Award, Naval Order of the United States
2012

The Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History named for John Hattendorf by the Naval War
2011

Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, Navy League of the United States
2009

Samuel Eliot Morison Award, USS Constitution Museum Foundation
2009

Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association. “Honoring the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance,” awarded to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, John B. Hattendorf, editor-in-chief
2008

K. Jack Bauer Award for Achievement in Maritime History, North American Society for Oceanic History
2003

Caird Medal, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK
2000

Hall of Fame, Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, Illinois
1998

Honorary Degree: Litterarum Humaniorum Doctoris [L.H.D. or Doctor of Humane Letters], Kenyon College
1997

External Memberships and Associations

Naval Order of the United States
Historian-General, 2014-2019

Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati
Historian, 2016-present

Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars
Historian, 2016-present

Rhode Island Sons of the Revolution
Historian, 2017-present

News, Media, & Events

The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative 2020: Newport Arctic Seminar

Jan. 22, 2020
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

"The Most Complete Naval Victory": How America Smashed Japan at Midway

Nov. 09, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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