Michael P. O'Hara, Ph.D.

Cmdr., U.S. Navy

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Commander Michael O’Hara, U.S. Navy is a Permanent Military Professor. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science. In 2015-16, he was an appointed National Security Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. His operational experience includes carrier-jet aviation (S-3B Viking) and naval intelligence with flying and staff deployments in three aircraft carriers and in Kabul, Afghanistan. His research interests include coercion, diplomatic signaling, and decisionmaking.

Areas of Expertise

  • Deterrence
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy

Professional Highlights


Director, Future Warfighting Symposium


Military Fellow, Watson Institute of International & Public Affairs, Brown University


Permanent Military Professor, Strategy & Policy Department


Ph.D. Columbia University (Political Science)


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2016, Political Science, Fields of Study: International Relations and Comparative Politics

M.Phil., Columbia University, 2014, Political Science

M.A., Columbia University, 2012, Political Science

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2010, National Security and Strategic Studies, Highest Distinction

M.A., University of Rhode Island, 2003, English

B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1995, English, with Merit

News, Media, & Events


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

Future Warfighting Symposium: August 2018

Aug. 06, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

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