Dr. Jason S. Ridler

Career Higlights


"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."
T. E. Lawrence


Dr. Ridler has published in numerous professional journals, including Diplomacy and Statecraft, Small Wars and Insurgencies, War, Literature, and the Arts, among others, and is a contributor to War on the Rocks, where he has written about the impact of quality writing on history, and a profile of Dr. Cora DuBois, acclaimed anthropologist who worked for the Office of Strategic Studies during the Second World War. He is a best known as a biographer, whose work on Dr. Omond Solandt was noted by historian Terry Copp as a "considerable achievement, a work of careful and balanced scholarship." He is currently working on a biography of American counterinsurgency pioneer Charles T. R. Bohannon, and is finishing a major monograph on the experience of unconventional experts involved in British, German, and American military affairs in the 20th century.  He is a member of the T. E. Lawrence Society and the Society for Military Historians, and teaches graduate classes on historical methodology, military history, and world history. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Dr. Ridler hold a doctorate in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and lives in Berkeley, CA.