About Me

I am a fourth 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. At Harvard, my work has been supported by the Fairbank Center, Fung Foundation, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCIA). I have also been funded by the Society for Military History, United States Navy, the Center for Military and Diplomatic History and the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations. 

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

My dissertation, "The 'New Navy's' Pacific Wars: Peripherial 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.   

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. 

I live in Waltham, MA with my wife and our springer spaniel. 

tjamison at g.harvard.edu