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Nicholas E. Sarantakes

Nicholas E. Sarantakes

Associate Professor
S&P Professor
Strategy & Policy
(401) 841-1249
(401) 841-6418


Nicholas Evan Sarantakes is an associate professor in the strategy and policy department at the U.S. Naval War College. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He also holds a M.A. degree from the University of Kentucky, and a B.A. from the University of Texas. All three degrees are in history. 
Sarantakes is a diplomatic historian by training and his research interests focus on the World War II and Cold War eras, and the Asia/Pacific region. His research emphasizes the broad reach and impact of U.S. foreign policy, which has resulted in publications addressing topics such as popular culture and agricultural import/export issues. His work in military history often examines joint operations and campaigns. He is the author of four books. The most recent is Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War (2009). A fifth book, which is about the making of the film Patton is in the production process. His articles have appeared in magazines and journals such as Diplomatic History, English Historical Review, The Journal of Military History, Joint Forces Quarterly, and He has won five writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  

While in graduate school, he created the U.S. Diplomatic History Resource Index, a website that served as a guide to material on the internet relevant to diplomatic history. This website was the subject of positive reviews in numerous newspapers like USA Today and The Washington Post.  He also administers a blog on career management issues for historians. In 2009, he became the history book review editor for Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has previously taught at Texas A&M University—Commerce, the Air War College, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.

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