Chris Gibson

Stanley Kaplan Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy

Schapiro Hall Rm 202

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Twitter @ChrisGibsonNY


B.A. Siena College (1986)
M.P.A. Cornell University (1995)
Ph.D. Cornell University (1998)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PSCI 127 / LEAD 127(S)

America First?The Trump Era and the Future of World Politics

LEAD 293 / PSCI 293(F)

Leadership and Political Change

PSCI 367 / LEAD 367(S)

The Politics of American National Security

Scholarship/Creative Work

Hoover Institution October 2017 Retreat Program

My take on Afghanistan

“The Path Forward on North Korea”

“The Path Forward after Charlottesville”

My new book, Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream

My first book, Securing the State: Reforming the National Security Decision-Making Process at the Civil-Military Nexus

Book Reviews of Securing the State

Advance_Reviews_of_SECURING_THE_STATE (Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, Lieutenant General HR McMaster, Dr. Don Snider, Lieutenant General Bill Caldwell)

LTG Leahy Review of Securing The State(Defender,Autumn-Winter2008)

LTC Molin Review of Securing the State

Dr. Olmeda review of SECURING THE STATE

Dr. Ian Wing Review of SECURING THE STATE in Australian Defence Journal

Dr. Gary Schaub review of SECURING THE STATE in Contemporary Security Policy


An article I published in Military Review in October 2006 sharing my experiences and recommendations for operations in Iraq Gibson Military Review article


Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, State University of New York (2017)

General George C. Marshall Award Winner, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Presented to the #1 graduate (Class of 2000).

Cornell University nominee for the American Political Science Association’s E.E. Schattschneider Dissertation Prize (1998).

Some of my military awards and decorations include: two Legions of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with Star, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.  In addition, the units I commanded earned two Valorous Unit Awards for combat actions in Iraq and the Army Superior Unit Award for humanitarian service in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in 2010.


Professional Affiliations

Stanford/Hoover Institution


Fall-2017-Leadership-and-Political-Change-Syllabus (change 1)

Spring 2018 The Politics of American National Security Syllabus

Spring 2018 America First? The Trump Era and the Future of American Foreign Policy, co-taught with Professor James McAllister, syllabus (in development)