The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy offers a year-long course (“Studies in Grand Strategy”) to Yale undergraduates and graduate students that addresses large-scale, long-term strategic challenges of statecraft, politics, and social change. The course encourages understanding of historical and contemporary global and domestic challenges, while developing students’ capacity for strategic thinking and effective leadership in a variety of fields. The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy is directed by Professor Beverly Gage, with Dr. Michael Brenes serving as its Associate Director.

The Studies in Grand Strategy course begins with a broad span of history from 300 B.C.E. to the present day, with close examination of primary texts and critical historical turning points. Emphasizing interaction between professors and practitioners, the course aims to provide students with a comprehensive approach to achieving large ends with limited means. Throughout the spring and fall semesters, the course examines the relevance of grand strategy to a variety of issues including political stability, racial justice, economic development, immigration, health, climate sustainability, human rights, and technological advancement. 

In conjunction with the course, the program hosts a number of events and private dinners with practitioners such as diplomats, politicians, military personnel, journalists and media experts, and social activists. Recent guests have included Vanita Gupta, James Comey, Samantha Power, and H.R. McMaster. “Studies in Grand Strategy” involves classroom seminars, group presentations of strategy briefs to high-level officials, and a summer fellowship. The program integrates academic study at the undergraduate, masters, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral level and is open to current Yale students.

The program supports other activities including: pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in grand strategy; student and faculty research, academic conferences, and other scholarly work in grand strategy.


News and Events

May 13, 2021
President Joe Biden has nominated Yale historian Beverly Gage ’94 B.A. to the National Council on the Humanities, a board of 26 distinguished private citizens who advise the...
May 13, 2021
Beverly Gage, Christopher Nichols, and Andrew Preston sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what grand strategy means and its role in U.S. history.  listen to the full...
April 6, 2021
Please join the Brady-Johnson Program on Monday, April 12, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, for a virtual webinar with Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith and Dr. Esther Choo for a moderated discussion...