Born in the United States and educated in Australia, David graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours and the University Medal, eq. summa cum laude.
A recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney under Bates Gill, Brendon O’Connor and James Reilly.
Previously, David was a Research Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a Teaching Fellow for Stephen Rosen and Stephen Walt in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Prior to Harvard, David was the Brady-Johnson Predoctoral Fellow in International Security Studies at Yale University, where he worked under the auspices of John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Kennedy, and Adam Tooze.
Alongside his fellowships at Harvard and Yale, David served as the Director of Studies for The Warrior-Scholar Project, a national non-profit for veterans transitioning from the military to college.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, David’s research interests lie in the International History of China, the United States, and the Nuclear Crisis on the Korean Peninsula; and the Intellectual History of the Chinese Strategic Tradition.
Publications, media and events
David R. Howell reviews Rosemary Foot and Andrew Walter's book China, the United States, and Global Order for the July issue of China Journal.