Thomas Jamison


Harvard University


Erez Manela

Academic Interests:

Transnational Military History
Naval History
Pacific History


Pacific Wars: Peripheral Conflict and the Making of the U.S. New Navy, 1865-1897

Bio Note:

I am a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in International History at Harvard University studying U.S. imperialism and military policy in the Pacific during the 19th century. Using Chinese, Spanish and English language sources, my dissertation explores the role of small wars on the first (substantive) peacetime naval expansion in U.S. history. I will spend AY 2019-2020 in residence at the University of Texas at Austin Clements Center for National Security and Institute for Historical Studies. I am generously supported by H.F. Guggenheim and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Dissertation Grants. My work has been published by Intelligence and National Security and the Journal of Military History. My article, "The War of the Pacific, Technology and U.S. Naval Development: An International History of Regional War," won a 2018 Society for Military History Moncado Prize. Between 2009 and 2014, I held various positions in the United States Navy and Department of Defense in East Asia, Oceania and Central Asia. I hold an MA from Harvard and a BA from Grinnell College.

Updated July 2019