Thomas M. Nichols, Ph.D.

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Professor National Security Affairs
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A native of Massachusetts.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • NATO
  • Nuclear
  • Russia

Professional Highlights


Adjunct Professor, Harvard Extension School

Teaching courses on nuclear weapons, the Cold War, and national security issues. Worked with Harvard the U.S. Air Force to create a Certificate in Nuclear Deterrence Studies.

Adjunct Professor, USAF School of Strategic Force Studies

Named one of nine inaugural professors (along with former Secretary of Defense William Perry and other new faculty) in the Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies, specializing in nuclear deterrence issues.

Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

A joint appointment in then International Security and Managing the Atom programs, where I wrote a book on nuclear strategy.

U.S. Senate

Foreign policy and national defense personal staff to US Senator John Heinz.

Associate Professor, Dartmouth College

Taught comparative politics and Russian affairs in the Department of Government

Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Fellow in in the Soviet Studies project.


Ph.D., Georgetown University

M.A., Columbia University

B.A., Boston University

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Awards and Decorations

US Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Medal

Harvard University Extension School Petra Shattuck Memorial Teaching Award

Naval War College Professional Achievement Award

External Memberships and Associations

American Political Science Association

Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

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

OPINION: Trump would gut Constitution to protect himself

Aug. 20, 2018
My Central Jersey
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