About Me


I am a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in International History at Harvard University studying U.S. imperialism and military policy as well as the history of asymmetric warfare in the Global South during the 19th and 20th centuries. My dissertation, "Pacific Wars: Peripheral Conflict and the Making of the U.S. New Navy, 1865-1897," explores the role of small wars on the first peacetime military expansion in U.S. history. Doing so textures our understanding of technological shifts and the emergence of the United States into the Great Power system. 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.

I will spend academic year 2019-2020 as a Visiting Research Affiliate at Institute for Historical Studies (UT-Austin) and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security (UT-Austin).

I have been funded by the HF Guggenheim Foundation, Clements Center, the Society for Military History, United States Navy, the Center for Military and Diplomatic History, the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Smith Richardson Foundation. At Harvard, my work has been supported by the Fairbank Center, Fung Foundation, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA).

At Harvard, I have served as a Teaching Fellow for courses on U.S. Foreign Affairs and the History of Modern China.

In 2009, I graduated from Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) with a BA in history. While at Grinnell I spent a semester conducting research in residence at the Newberry Library (Chicago, IL), and another interning in the U.S. House of Representatives. I have also studied at Heilongjiang University (2008) and Beijing Language and Culture University (2015, 2016).

Between 2009 and 2014, I held various positions in the United States Navy and Department of Defense in East Asia, Oceania and Central Asia. In 2014 I was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for service in Afghanistan.


tjamison at g.harvard.edu