Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese served as a University Professor and Chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College (NWC) between 2002-2022. She has also been part of the Government Department faculty of Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School since 2004, where she teaches courses on Women, Peace & Security, Leadership in War and Peace, and Grand Strategy and US National Security.

As a political scientist, she has published multiple articles on aspects of Women, Peace & Security, particularly focusing on raising awareness regarding the framework generally and within security communities specifically, believing that you can’t implement what you don’t know about. She is the author of Women, Peace & Security: An Introduction (2018) and Women v Women: The Case for Cooperation (2022). Over the arc of her academic career, her research also focused on space security, authoring seven books in that field and over 100 published articles, many with a particular focus on the Chinese space program. She has testified before Congress on multiple occasions about space issues and served on the National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board.

Her publications include:

“Reviewing Brazil’s Commitment to Women, Peace & Security,” exame, with Yasmine Sterea, (in Portuguese).December 8, 2021.https://exame.com/blog/nosso-olhar/revisando-ocompromisso-do-brasil-com-mulheres-paz-e-seguranca/https://warontherocks.com/2021/07/women-peace-and-security-movingimplementation-forward/ https://exame.com/blog/nosso-olhar/revisando-o-compromisso-dobrasil-com-mulheres-paz-e-seguranca/

“Women, Peace and Security: Moving Implementation Forward,” War on the Rocks, July 23,

  1. https://warontherocks.com/2021/07/women-peace-and-security-movingimplementation-forward/

“How Women, Peace & Security Gives the US and Australia an Edge in the Indo-Pacific,” with Jacqui True, PacNet #23, 2021. https://pacforum.org/publication/pacnet-23-how-womenpeace-and-security-gives-the-us-and-australia-an-edge-in-the-indo-pacific

“Getting Serious about Women, Peace & Security,” with Lt. Col. Nalani Tyrell, Strategy Bridge, 2021, https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2021/4/13/getting-serious-about-womenpeace-security

“Women, Peace and Security at Twenty,” with Andrea Goldstein, The Strategy Bridge, April 28, 2020. https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2020/4/28/women-peace-and-security-attwenty

“Women, Peace & Security in the Military: The Need for Leadership,” Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, March 23, 2020. https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/news/9891-women-peace-and-security-in-the-military-theneed/news/cerl-news

Gender Equality as a Security Issue, Yale Global, September 19, 2019. https://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/gender-equality-security-issue

“The Rise & Fall of Theresa May,” with Chuck Houston, YaleGlobal, June 2019. https://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/rise-and-fall-theresa-may

“How the Pentagon Can Build on NATO’s Success with Women, Peace & Security, with Andrea Goldstein, Strategy Bridge, May 13, 2019 https://thestrategybridge.org/thebridge/2019/5/13/how-the-pentagon-can-build-on-natos-success-with-women-peace-ampsecurity

“Expanding Space Security Options Through Gender Perspectives,” with Sahana Dharmapuri, Space News, December 5, 2018. https://spacenews.com/op-ed-expanding-space-securityoptions-through-gender-perspectives/

“Integrating Women into Non-Traditional Fields: Athena and Beyond,” Proceedings, USNI, June 2017.

“Sexism and Sexual Assault: Connecting the Dots,” USNI Blog, June 6, 2015, http://blog.usni.org/author/jjohnsonfreese

“Patriarchal Sexism is Alive and Well in the Military,” with Ellen Haring, Best Defense, December 18, 2014. http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/12/18/is-patriarchal-sexism-alive-and-wellin-the-military-where-do-you-think-bears-poop/

“The Counterproductive ‘Sea of Sameness’ in Military Education,” with Ellen Haring and Mary Beth Ulrich, Joint Forces Quarterly, July 1, 2014.


“Dancing for Democracy,” with Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, Orbis, February 2013. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030438713000057

Some Thoughts on the Need for More Diversity in Military Education, Best Defense, December 3, 2013. http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/12/03/some-thoughts-on-the-need-for-greaterdiversity-in-professional-military-education/