Henry R. Nau

photo: Henry Nau
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; former Associate Dean of the Elliott School 1988-1993 and former staff member, National Security Council, under President Ronald Reagan, January 1981- August 1983
Suite 501 Elliott School of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

U.S. foreign policy, international politics, U.S. foreign economic policy; international political economy

Henry R. Nau holds a B.S. degree in Economics, Politics and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His latest book, Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan was published by Princeton University Press.

Professor Nau spearheaded the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program from 1989 to 2016. This Exchange convened semi-annual meetings among members of the US Congress, Japanese Diet and South Korean National Assembly. For this effort, Professor Nau was awarded in 2016 by the Japanese government The Order of the Rising Sun, Neck Ribbon with Gold Rays. Previously, he taught as Assistant Professor at Williams College (1971-73) and as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Stanford, and Columbia Universities. During academic year 2011-12 he was the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo- Campbell National Fellow and the Susan Louise Dyer Peace National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has received numerous grants from, among others, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Council on Foreign Relations, Century Foundation, Japan-US Friendship Commission, Rumsfeld Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

From January 1981 to July 1983, he served on President Reagan's National Security Council as senior staff member responsible for international economic affairs. Among other duties he was the White House sherpa for the Annual G-7 Economic Summits at Ottawa (1981), Versailles (1982), and Williamsburg (1983) and a special summit with developing countries at Cancun, Mexico (1982). Dr. Nau also served, in 1975-1977, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Department of State. In 1977 he received the State Department's Superior Honor Award.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Council on Foreign Relations, Nau served two years as a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


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