Kevin D. McCranie, Ph.D.

Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Professor Kevin D. McCranie, the Philip A. Crowl Professor of Comparative Strategy, specializes in maritime history and strategy. His publications focus on warfare at sea, navies, sea power and joint operations during the age of sail. He is the author of “Mahan, Corbett, and the Foundations of Naval Strategic Thought;” “Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon;” as well as “Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812.” His articles have appeared in Naval History, The Journal of Military History, the Naval War College Review and The Northern Mariner.

Areas of Expertise

  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Theory
  • War of 1812


Ph.D., Florida State University, 2001, History

M.A., Florida State University, 1997, History

B.A., Florida Southern College, 1995, History and Political Science (Two Majors), Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Related Credentials

Dissertation, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (Summer 2001): “’A Damned Sullen Old Scotchman’: The Career of Admiral George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount Keith, 1761-1823.”

Thesis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (May 1997): “To Command his Majesty’s Fleet: Lord Keith in the Mediterranean 1799-1802.”

Research Contributions and Publications

Mahan, Corbett, and the Foundations of Naval Strategic Thought
Naval Institute Press, (2021)

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