About Me

I am a fifth-year PhD 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 Modern U.S. Navy, 1861-1898," 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 (forthcoming 2019). 

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). I have also been funded by 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. 

I will spend academic year 2018-2019 as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, Clements Center for National Security. Contemporaneously, I will also hold a "World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship" from the Smith Richardson Foundation. 

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