John F. Garofano, Ph.D.

Professor Strategy and Policy Department
John F Garofano faculty photo


Professor John Garofano served as Academic Dean from July 2009 to July 2015. Previously he taught in the National Security Affairs and Strategy and Policy Departments, where he held the CAPT Jerome Levy Chair in Economic Geography. Research interests include military intervention, Asian security, and the making of U.S. foreign policy. In 2011 Dr. Garofano deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to support the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in areas related to assessment and red-teaming. He received the Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from Cornell University, an M.A. in Security Studies from the Johns Hopkins SAIS (Bologna/ Washington), and the B.A. in History from Bates College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • Indian Ocean
  • International Relations
  • Korean War
  • National Security
  • Southeast Asia
  • Vietnam War

Professional Highlights


Professor, Strategy and Policy

Teach ILC and SLC students, lecture on Vietnam War, Origins of the Cold War and the National Security Act, Civil-Military Relations, and Economics and the Cold War

Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University

Liaison with Watson Institute to further cooperation between Brown University and the Naval War College; organized colloquia, meetings, exchanges; assisted development of the Leadership portion of new Cybersecurity M.A. Program at the School of Professional Studies.

Dean, Academic Affairs

Chief academic officer for core teaching departments, electives, and distance education; led Academics through M.A., JPME I, and JPME II accreditation; initiatives on integration of curricula, digitization, bifurcation of M.A. Degrees, common performance standards, promotion, sabbatical, tenure.

Professor, Strategy and Policy

Taught ILC and SLC with emphasis on early cold war, Korean war, Vietnam war, assessment and reassessment, and civil-military relations.

Professor, National Security Affairs

Taught Policy Making and Process, wrote curriculum on humanitarian intervention, psychology of foreign policy decision making and related topics.

Camp Leatherneck, AFG

Participated as Red Team member in support to I MEF CG on Inteqal, HVT and common integration, economic future of aor, and other issues.

Fellow, Kennedy School of Government

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Senior Fellow, researched and wrote on military intervention.

Professor, U.S. Army War College

Taught National Security and Strategy, decision making, major campaigns; served in Strategic Studies Institute

Visiting Assistant Professor, Five Colleges of Western Mass.

Taught U.S. Foreign Policy, Vietnam War, Cold War, Crisis Decision Making

Fellow, University of Southern California Center for International Studies


Ph.D., Cornell University, 1991

M.A., Cornell University, 1987

M.A., Johns Hopkins S.A.I.S., 1985

B.A., Bates College, 1982

Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award

Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award

Other Honors

Research and Writing Fellowship, Smith-Richardson Foundation

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Center of International Studies, USC

MacArthur Fellow, Center of International Studies, Princeton University

Olin Predoctoral Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University 

MacArthur Fellow, University Fellow, Cornell University

External Memberships and Associations

American Political Science Association

International Studies Association

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