Dr. Dayna Barnes

Associate Professor

Dr. Dayna Barnes is an Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. She is a historian of 20th century International Relations, specializing in the United States and East Asia. Dr. Barnes is interested in foreign policy, international security, and grand strategy. 

Before coming to NDU, Dr. Barnes was Director of the Centre for Modern History and Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Department of International Politics and at City, University of London. She has also held research and teaching positions at the George Washington University, Stanford University, the London School of Economics, Tokyo University, and University of San Francisco. 

She is the author of Architects of Occupation: American Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan (Cornell University Press, 2017), and is currently writing a new global history of the Second World War in Asia. 

Dr. Barnes completed her PhD and Masters degrees in International History at the London School of Economics (LSE), and her BA in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.