Michael E. Hicks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Michael Hicks faculty photo


Michael Hicks earned his Ph.D. from Penn State University, where he studied Sino-African and Sino-US relations and Chinese strategy during the Cold War. His dissertation, which he is currently revising into a book manuscript, examines the role of Africans and African Americans in the formation and development of Chinese narratives about revolution at home and abroad under Mao Zedong. He has lived and worked in China and Taiwan for a combined total of six years, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has extensive travel experience in the Indo-Pacific region.

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Cold War
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Information Operations
  • National Security
  • Taiwan

Professional Highlights


Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval War College

Joined the U.S. Naval War College staff in Newport, Rhode Island.

Completed Ph.D.

Received Ph.D. from Penn State University.

David L. Boren Fellowship

Completed language courses and research with Chinese-language sources in Taiwan.


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2023, History and African American Studies

M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2018, History

Chinese Language Certificate, National Taiwan University, 2017

Chinese Language Certificate, Xiamen University, 2016

B.A., Winona State University, 2013, History

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