The Honorable Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson is the Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy at Williams College, where he has been serving since February 2017. Prior to that, Chris served six years as U.S. Representative for New York's 19th District. In Congress, Chris served on the House Armed Services Committee where he authored the legislation that reversed the Obama administration's drawdown of the armed forces and constantly fought to improve the readiness of the U.S. military. Prior to serving in Congress, Chris served 29 years in the U.S. military, starting as an Infantry Private in the New York Army National Guard in 1981, before earning an ROTC Commission and ultimately rising to the rank of Colonel in the Regular Army. In his last duty assignment, Chris commanded the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Over the course of his career, Chris served four combat tours in Iraq, a tour in Kosovo with the NATO peace enforcement mission, and a tour in Haiti for humanitarian relief. Other key assignments included teaching American Politics at the US Military Academy at West Point and serving as a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellow. Among his awards and decorations are four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge with Star, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. He is the author of Securing the State, an overview of the national security decision-making process published by Ashgate in 2008, and the recently published and available book, Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream..