Watson, Dr. Cynthia

Professor, National Security Strategy


FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: Curriculum Development; Economic/Political History; Strategic Foundations; Professional Military Education 

REGIONAL EXPERTISE: Asia Pacific, Latin America

Dr. Cynthia Watson joined the Faculty in August 1992, Dr. Cynthia Watson is Professor of Security at the National War College. She served for five years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, then Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development. She also served as the Chairwoman of NWC's Department of Security Studies and Director of the Electives Program and a Core Course Director. Dr. Watson earned a BA, with Honors, from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, a MA from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Prior positions included Assistant Dean for Social Sciences and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago and Assistant Professor of Politics at Ithaca College. Additionally, Dr. Watson has worked for the U.S. General Accounting Office and U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Watson is on the Governing Boards of a number of professional organizations and the Editorial Board of Third World Quarterly, along with being a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Society for Military History. Her first edition (2002) of U.S. National Security received CHOICE's designation as a Book of the Year. Other publications include and Nation-Building, U.S. Military Service, Military Education, and U.S. National Security (2nd edition), Political Role of the Military (co-edited with Constantine Danopoulos), and Interest Groups in National Security. Praeger Security International will publish Geographic Combatant Commands in December 2010.

Dr. Watson also served as Senior Advisor to the Society for International Business Fellows' New Member Program between 2006-2010. An active speaker and author, Dr. Watson has been named University of Missouri-Kansas City's Alumna of the 2011. Her current research interests include China-Taiwan in Latin America and China's security concerns in its new world posture. She is also completing a manuscript on nation-building/stability operations for Praeger Security International.