John Curtis Perry

Board Member
Board Chair
9 years

John Curtis Perry, Ph.D. chairs the Board of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, after serving as founding President from 2007 to 2014. He is also Director of the Maritime Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he has held the Henry Willard Denison Chair since 1981. For 14 years, he served as Director of Fletcher's North Pacific Program, which annually brought students and faculty together for summer seminars in various North Pacific nations. He is also a Senior Advisor at Rhumb Line International LLC.

He received a B.A. in Chinese Studies and a M.A. in Foreign Area Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. He has published five books and numerous articles, served as a consultant to the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Export Trade Promotion Organization (JETRO), lectured at many universities at home and abroad, frequently appeared on TV and radio, and contributed to newspapers and journals in the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Russia and elsewhere.

He recently published articles on maritime topics in the New York Times, Straits Times (Singapore), Christian Science Monitor, and Baltimore Sun, among other papers. In 1991, he received a Japanese imperial decoration, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, for "extraordinary contributions to American-Japanese relations."


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