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Alexander Bick


Alexander Bick

Research Scholar


Email: abick1@jhu.edu



Alexander Bick is a Research Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and Adjunct Lecturer in International Development at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His research focuses on international security, war, and the history of political economy. He is currently completing a book manuscript, “Governing the Free Sea,” a study of strategic decision-making within the board of directors of the Dutch West India Company in the mid-seventeenth century. Dr. Bick has taught at Barnard College and received a number of academic fellowships and awards, including Phi Beta Kappa, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize, and the Brill Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute. He has published in the Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics, Foreign Policy, and War on the Rocks. He earned his BA in political science from the University of Chicago, an MSc in economic history and Diploma in economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in history from Princeton University.

Before coming to SAIS, Dr. Bick served in the Obama administration as Director for Syria at the National Security Council and as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was a Presidential Management Fellow in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, a researcher in the British Parliament, and worked for The Carter Center, where he supported multiple diplomatic initiatives led by former President Jimmy Carter and directed international election observation missions in Liberia and Libya.

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