John Gaddis

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Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military & Naval History; Director, Brady Johnson Program in Grand Strategy

John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University.  He is also Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and co-teaches ISS’s “Studies in Grand Strategy” seminar.  He joined the Yale faculty in 1997, and has served periodically as Acting Director of ISS, as well as Chair of the International Affairs Council at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.  He continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Cold War International History Project.  Professor Gaddis is the author, most recently, of George F. Kennan: An American Life which has won both the Pulitzer Prize as well as the American History Book Prize. His other books include The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past (Oxford, 2002), Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (Harvard, 2004), a revised and updated edition of Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy During the Cold War (Oxford, 2005), and The Cold War: A New History (Penguin, 2005). He has won two undergraduate teaching awards at Yale, the Phi Beta Kappa William Clyde DeVane Award (2003) and the Harwood Byrnes-Richard Sewall Prize (2008).  He was also awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2005 by President George W. Bush.