Suzanne Nielsen

United States Military Academy


Suzanne Nielsen

Colonel Suzanne Nielsen is an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is responsible for the International Relations Program and teaches courses in international relations and national security. She also chairs the Academy’s Scholarship Committee, which selects and prepares cadets to compete for the Rhodes, Marshall, and other nationally-competitive scholarships. An intelligence officer by background, she has served in the United States, Germany, the Balkans, Korea, and Iraq. Her research interests include change in military organizations, civil-military relations, national strategy, and cybersecurity. Her books include American National Security, 6th Edition, which she co-authored, and American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in a New Era, which she co-edited, both released by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009. Her dissertation, “Preparing for War: the Dynamics of Peacetime Military Reform,” won the American Political Science Association’s Lasswell Award for the best dissertation in the field of public policy in 2002 and 2003. A distinguished graduate from the U.S. Military Academy, COL Nielsen holds a master’s degree in political science from Harvard University, a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.