Dr. Jonathan F. Phillips, Associate Professor of Military History, joined the faculty at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (CSC) in January 2010.
From 2012 to 2016, he served as CSC’s Security Studies department head. In this role, he oversaw and directed a large portion of the college’s zero-based curriculum review and redesign.
Throughout his career, Dr. Phillips has held a variety of positions in civilian academe, defense policy, and local government. Most recently in 2009, he served as command speech writer and special assistant for General James N. Mattis, Commander, United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Prior to his time with JFCOM and NATO, he spent three years as a member of the history department at Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, VA. While at ODU, Dr. Phillips assisted with seminars at the Joint Forces Staff College, JPME Phase Two. Previous appointments include: a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; a visiting assistant professorship at Texas A&M University, College Station; and a lectureship in military history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate history courses in American, military, U.S. foreign policy, American South, and maritime—as well as courses in security studies. He has directed master’s projects on many subjects.
His scholarly interests include: American military affairs, war and society, civil-military relations, military education, private military contractors, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions. His bibliographic analysis of the role of mercenaries in American history was published in the fall of 2009.
Before academe, Dr. Phillips spent several years as a local government administrator specializing in public affairs/education, environmental policy, hazardous waste management, and emergency management.
Dr. Phillips earned his doctoral and undergraduate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.
“‘Now it is all Good and Better’: Fayetteville and the Origins of Fort Bragg,” in North Carolina and World War One, University of Tennessee Press (forthcoming).