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About Us

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is the fulfillment of a bequest by Col. Ralph D. Mershon to The Ohio State University for the exploration of matters pertaining to national security. The Mershon Center is also supported by community gifts and grant funds. It is a unit in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mission

The mission of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies is to advance interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to international, national, and human security. The center does this by fostering research in three clusters:

  • American foreign and military policy
  • Security and governance
  • Recovering from violence

Leadership

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is directed by Christopher Gelpi, Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Gelpi reports to the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and to an Oversight Committee. 

Endowed Chairs

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies promotes the recruitment and retention of distinguished faculty members who spearhead important research and educate the next generation on issues related to national security in a global context. The center does this by supporting several endowed positions including three chairs:

  • Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History
  • Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair in National Security Studies
  • Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Furniss Book Award

Since 1983, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies has been giving the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. The award commemorates the founding director of the Mershon Center, Edgar S. Furniss. The winning author receives a cash award and is invited to address the faculty of the Mershon Center. Past winners include prominent international security scholars such as John Mearsheimer, Barry Posen, and Stephen Walt.

Contact Us

Mershon Center for International Security Studies
The Ohio State University
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: (614) 292-1681
Fax: (614) 292-2407
mershoncenter@osu.edu