John B. Hattendorf, D.Litt

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Biography

Professor John B. Hattendorf is the Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, a chair he occupied from 1984 to 2016. Additionally, he served as chairman of the College’s Maritime History Department and director of the Naval War College Museum, 2003-16. A former surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, 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 40 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

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;
1971-72, USS Fiske (DD 842), Operations Officer;
1972-73, NWC staff / S& P faculty.
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.
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.
1988

Adjunct Positions

1988-94, faculty, Salve Regina University, Graduate Program in International Affairs;
1990-pres, 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;
2016

Retirement

2016- pres. Naval War College, Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus of Maritime History, Maritime History Research Center.

Education

D.Litt., University of Oxford, 2016

D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1979

A.M., Brown University, 1971, History

A.B., Kenyon College, 1964, History

Diploma, Munson Institute of American Maritime History, 1970

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
3 campaigns

Other Honors

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 College 
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, 2016- pres
Historian-General

Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati
Historian Rhode

Island Society of Colonial Wars
Historian Rhode

Island Society, Sons of the Revolution
Historians

News, Media, & Events

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U.S. Naval War College Graduation: June 2019

Jun. 14, 2019
10:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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The Corridor of Power

Oct. 17, 2018
The Interpreter
Article Publication

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