Jon T. Sumida
Professor Emeritus

Jon Sumida was an active member of the Department of History from 1980 to 2017. Jon Sumida is the author of three monographs [In Defence of Naval Supremacy: Finance, Technology, and British Naval Policy, 1889-1914 (1989/pb 1993), Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command: The Classic Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan Reconsidered (1997/pb 1998), and Decoding Clausewitz: A New Approach to On War (2008/pb 2011)], and editor of a volume of historical documents [The Pollen Papers: The Privately Circulated Printed Works of Arthur Hungerford Pollen 1901-1916 (1983)]. He has published twenty-five major articles, four of which have won prizes (three Moncado Prizes from the Society for Military History, and Naval History Author of the Year from the U.S. Naval Institute). Sumida has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and Churchill College, Cambridge University. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College (2000), program chair of the Society for Military History Annual Meeting (2004), chair of the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee (2003-6), Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory at the U. S. Marine Corps University (2004-6), and a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting (2003-2017).  Sumida has received the following awards: the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Army (April 2007), the Commodore Dudley Knox Award for life-time achievement from the Naval Historical Foundation (September 2017), and the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for scholarly contributions to military history from the Society for Military History (March 2020).  For more information, please visit the following link Jon Sumida Publications

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