Thomas M. Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies. He is a former aide in the U.S. Senate and has been a Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He is the author of several books, including The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters (Oxford 2017), an international best-seller that has been translated into fourteen foreign languages. His most recent book is Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault From Within on Modern Democracy, which Publisher’s Weekly called "A searing critique of contemporary political culture and the rise of illiberalism on both the right and the left."
In 2017, he was named one of the POLITICO 50 by POLITICO magazine, an annual list of "the key thinkers, doers and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy."
He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy champion, and was noted in the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame after his 1994 appearances as one of the all-time best players of the game.