Joan Johnson-Freese, PhD

Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College
Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese is a University Professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She teaches in the National Security Affairs Department, which she chaired from 2002-2010. Johnson-Freese works primarily in the fields of national security generally, and space security and Women, Peace & Security specifically. She has published six books and over 100 articles on space security and multiple articles on the role of women in national security affairs in journals such as Joint Force Quarterly, War on the Rocks, The Strategy Bridge, and Space News. Her most recent book is Women, Peace and Security: An Introduction (2018) and is working on a new book in the field. Johnson-Freese has testified before Congress on multiple occasions regarding space, and regularly works with the media, including CNN, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She often provides webinar presentations introducing audiences to the Women, Peace & Security framework.


  • PhD Kent State University