Stephen F. Knott, Ph.D.

Professor National Security Affairs
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Stephen F. Knott is a professor in the National Security Affairs Department. Prior to accepting his position at the War College, Knott co-chaired the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. His books include “Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency,” “Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America” and “Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics.” His most recent book is “The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal.” He is currently at work on a book on the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil War
  • Cold War
  • Foreign Policy
  • National Security
  • Revolutionary War
  • Vietnam War
  • War of 1812
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Professor, Department of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College

United States Naval War College


Miller Center of Public affairs, University of Virginia

Associate Professor

Miller Center of Public affairs, University of Virginia

Associate Professor

United States Air Force Academy


Ph.D., Boston College, 1991, Political Science

B.A., Assumption College, 1979, Political Science

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Related Credentials

Member of the Board of Visitors, The Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute, Charlottesville, VA

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, Assumption College, May 11, 2013

Outstanding Achievement Award, Assumption College Alumni Association, 2009

Who’s Who in America, 2002-2003

Research Contributions and Publications

“The Real Relationship Between Washington and Hamilton,” Time, January 26, 2016

“Distorted ‘History’: The Case of George W. Bush and the War on Terror,” Citizens and Statesmen: An Annual review of Political Theory and Public Life, Volume 8, 2014

“When Everyone Agreed About Iraq,” The Wall Street Journal, March 16, 2013

“Judging George W. Bush, Scholarship or Punditry?” The Washington Post, April 21, 2013

Review of The Reagan Imprint: Ideas in American Foreign Policy from the Collapse of Communism to the War on Terror, by John Arquilla, Claremont Review of Books, Winter, 2006

“America’s Romance with the Clandestine,” Freedom Review, Summer, 1997

“Lincoln’s Covert Civil War,” The Washington Times, October 5, 1996

“Let Secret Agencies Stay Secret,” The Washington Times, May 20, 1996

Review of The War Between the Spies: A History of Espionage During the American Civil War, Alan Axelrod, Intelligence and National Security, April, 1994

Other Honors

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, Assumption College, Worcester, MA
May 11, 2013

External Memberships and Associations

American Political Science Association

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