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John F. Garofano, Ph.D.

John F. Garofano, Ph.D.

Academic Affairs
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The Dean of Academic Affairs provides leadership and oversight of the Resident and College of Distance Education curricula, and is responsible for securing accreditation for the M.A. Degree by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phases I and II by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Dean determines standards and procedures for academic integrity, learning outcomes, testing methods, faculty development opportunities, and faculty performance. 
Dr. Garofano assumed duties as Academic Dean in July 2009 after teaching in the National Security Affairs and Strategy and Policy Departments, where he developed curriculum and taught on international relations theory, military intervention, civil-military relations, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He held the CAPT Jerome Levy Chair in Economic Geography from 2006 to 2010, introducing lecture series on economics and running international conferences on the subject, the latest resulting in The Indian Ocean: Rising Tide or Coming Conflict?, co-edited with Dr. Andrea Dew published by Georgetown University Press in April 2013.
Dr. Garofano’s research interests include military intervention, Asian security, and the making of U.S. foreign policy.  Publications include The Intervention Debate: Towards a Posture of Principled Judgment (Strategic Studies Institute: 2002), Clinton’s Foreign Policy: A Documentary Record (Kluwer: 2003), and articles in International Security, Asian Survey, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Orbis and the Naval War College Review. He remains active in the study of Southeast Asia, civil-military relations, and the ongoing wars. 
In 2011 Dr. Garofano deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to support the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in areas related to assessment and red-teaming. He has received Meritorious Civilian Service Awards from the Department of the Army and the Department of the Navy, and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Olin Institute, and numerous other research and travel grants. Currently he is Senior Fellow for Defense at the Center for National Policy.
Prior tojoining the War College Dean Garofano was a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.  He has taught at the U.S. Army War College, the Five Colleges of WesternMassachusetts, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Garofano received the Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from Cornell University, an M.A. in Security Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna/ Washington), and the B.A. in History from Bates College. 

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