Alan received his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London in 2016. He completed his thesis, entitled ‘The Laws of War and Naval Strategy in Great Britain and the United States, 1899-1909’, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Lambert, the Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s. The US Naval History & Heritage Command awarded him its 2013-2014 Rear Admiral John D. Hayes Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship. The Society for Nautical Research also awarded him an Anderson Fund Research Grant. He received other grants from The Naval Order of the United States, the McMullen Naval History Symposium, and the King’s College London Graduate School and Department of War Studies. The US Naval War College awarded Alan the 2009-2010 Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship in Naval History.
Alan received his MA in military history from Norwich University. Prior to “seeing the light,” Alan practiced law, specializing in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, and his M.B.A., with distinction, from Cornell University. Alan was graduated from Coe College with a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science, economics, and business administration. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
The son of a thrice-wounded combat veteran of the Second World War, Alan was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. He and his spouse of 36 years live in Minnesota in a suburb of the Twin Cities. Alan is an avid fisherman — both fresh and salt water — and has been lucky to fish in a variety of locales around the world.