The Lampert Institute seeks to bridge the University to a global community of practitioners and policy experts whose interests converge with the institute's areas of inquiry. Towards that end, it invites a select number of Visiting Fellows every year to engage with students and faculty on campus. Fellows from the public and private sectors can participate in a variety of activities during their visits to campus: teach classes on their areas of expertise, give colloquia or public talks, and mentor Lampert Scholars as well as other Colgate students.

Non-Resident Fellow 2023–24

Portrait of Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O’Hanlon

Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, will continue to serve as the Lampert Institute's Non-Resident Fellow for 2023-24, following his appointment to the newly-created role last year.

At the Brookings Institution, O’Hanlon specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He also directs the Strobe Talbott Center on Security, Strategy and Technology, is an adjunct professor at Columbia, Georgetown, and George Washington universities, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

In September 2023, O’Hanlon was joined by Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who hosted a lecture and discussion “Economic Security IS National Security: How the Deficit and Debt Affect American Power.” 

During the first year of O’Hanlon’s fellowship, he hosted several lectures and discussions for the Colgate community, giving his perspective on global “hotspots” and how they interconnect, impacting the world at large. O’Hanlon hosted two lectures in fall 2022; one in September titled “From Afghanistan to Taiwan to Ukraine and Beyond: Global Hotspots and Their Interconnections,” and a second in November that was a panel discussion of his book, Military History for the Modern Strategist: America's Major Wars Since 1861 (Brookings and Rowman & Littlefield, 2023). Faculty mentors Ray Douglas, Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of History, Valerie Morkevicius, associate professor of political science, Danielle Lupton, associate professor of political science, and Steven Biddle, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University participated. He hosted a lecture in spring 2023 titled “Destined for War? The U.S. and China.”

O’Hanlon has also brought his expertise into the classroom, teaching in several courses during the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters, including Harvey Picker Professor of International Relations Fred Chernoff’s seminar POSC 456: War - Theories and Practices, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Shaoshuang Wen’s course POSC 330: Post-Mao China and World Development, and Lupton’s course, POSC 366: Contemporary American Foreign Policy.