Thomas J. Culora

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Professor Culora served as dean, Center for Naval Warfare Studies from 2014 until 2021. He is currently on sabbatical finishing a graduate degree in counseling psychology. A retired Navy captain and naval aviator, he served in operational billets including commanding officer of helicopter maritime strike squadron (HSM-47) and commanding officer of USS Boxer (LHD-4). His staff tours include the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he helped shape and coordinate national and military policy to expand NATO. He has also had fellowships at Harvard University and at the Council in Foreign Relations. He will return to the campus in 2022 to teach and research in NWC’s College of Leadership and Ethics.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Arctic
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Deterrence
  • HA/DR
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Policy


M.A., Naval War College, Strategic Studies, With Distinction

M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, National Security Affairs

B.F.A., School of Visual Arts in New York

Related Credentials

Dean Culora was a Federal Executive Fellow at Harvard University's Olin Institute from 2001-2002 during which time he focused primarily on leadership issues. From 2005 to 2007 he was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where his work examined global leadership, humanitarian assistance and U.S. maritime strategy.

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, New York
Life Member

Rhode Island Chapter of the International Red Cross
Board of Directors

Herresoff Maritime Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island
Board of Directors

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