Dr. Donald Stoker


Dr. Donald Stoker was Professor of Strategy and Policy for the U.S. Naval War College program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from 1999 to 2017, and Distinguished Visiting Fulbright Professor of Political Science at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria, during the 2017-2018 academic year. He is the author or editor of eleven books. His Carl von Clausewitz: His Life and Work (Oxford University Press, 2014), is on the British army professional reading list. His The Grand Design: Strategy and the US Civil War, 1861–1865 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), won the prestigious Fletcher Pratt award for the best nonfiction Civil War book of 2010, was a Main Selection of the History Book Club, is on the U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s reading list, and is a common text in history and strategic studies courses. His Why America Loses Wars: Limited War and U.S. Strategy from the Korean War to the Present, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He is revising the manuscript for his most recent book: Purpose and Power: American Grand Strategy in Peace and War, 1775–2021.