Stephen Knott
Stephen F. Knott
Thomas & Mabel Guy Professor
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Stephen F. Knott
Thomas & Mabel Guy Professor
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty


Stephen F. Knott is the Thomas & Mabel Guy Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College.

He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. He is the author of  Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth; Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency; The Reagan Years; At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House, and Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics. His most recent book, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America, was co-authored with Tony Williams, and was published in September, 2015.

Professor Knott received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia.

Research Areas

American Government and Politics
The American Presidency
American Political Thought
American Political History
American Foreign Policy
Constitutional Law
Covert Operations
Alexander Hamilton


PhD, Boston College
BA, Assumption College

Courses Taught

AHG 604 - The Early Republic
AHG 632 - The American Presidency I
AHG 633 - The American Presidency II
AHG 630 - American Statesmen: Washington & Hamilton
AHG 630 - American Statesmen: Jefferson & Hamilton
AHG 660 - National Security and the Constitution