Michael P. O'Hara, CDR, Ph.D.
Permanent Military Professor
Strategy and Policy
Commander Michael O’Hara, U.S. Navy is a Permanent Military Professor in the Department of Strategy and Policy and a National Security Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.
He received his Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics) from Columbia University. He holds an M.Phil. and M.A. from Columbia University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island. He is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the 2010 honor graduate of the Naval War College (highest distinction).
His operational experience includes carrier-jet aviation (S-3B Viking NFO) and naval intelligence with flying and staff deployments in three aircraft carriers and in Kabul, Afghanistan. His research interests include coercion, diplomatic communication and signaling, and decisionmaking.
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