Michael P. O'Hara, Ph.D.

Chair Wargaming Department
Capt., U.S. Navy
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Captain 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., University of Rhode Island, 2003, English

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

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

Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler Award for Inspirational Teaching

External Memberships and Associations

Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
National Security Fellowship (2015-16)

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