John A. Gans, Jr., Adjunct Faculty
John A. Gans, Jr. has a long affiliation with Johns Hopkins. Since 2010, he has taught both at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs and at the School of Advanced International Studies. He defended his dissertation, with honors at SAIS in 2014, on White House strategic decision-making during wartime, and he earned his MA at the school in 2009.
Gans is currently a speechwriter for the Secretary of Defense. Throughout his career, he has worked with cabinet secretaries, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 2008 Beijing Olympic bid, the state of Qatar, American Airlines, and, in the wake of September 11th, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Ground Zero.
At Hopkins, Gans has taught the American National Security course, an Introduction to International Politics course, and a seminar on the Politics and Process of American Foreign Policy. In 2013 and 2014, he planned and led the AAP Crisis Simulation.
Gans has written articles, reviews and opinion pieces in the International Herald Tribune, Times of London Literary Supplement, Survival, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and the Baltimore Sun. He contributed a chapter to the 2008 US Presidential Election: A Story in Four Acts (2009, USA and Italy). He is a contributor to theAtlantic.com.
In the dissertation “The Midnight Watch: The NSC Staff, Drift and Presidential Decision in Conflict,” Gans wrote a comprehensive study of the NSC Staff’s culture, influence and impact on presidential decision-making based on nearly 60 policymaker interviews and over 10,000 archival documents.
Gans is also Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and part of the United States Fleet Forces Command reserve component at Naval Station-Norfolk. He recently finished serving as a researcher at the National War College, part of the National Defense University and the Department of Defense, in Washington, DC.
Gans received his PhD from SAIS in 2015. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BS.
Find John on Twitter @johngansjr.