Ernest May

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Ernest May is currently a Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Ernest R. May is Charles Warren Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has been a consultant at various times to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and other agencies. He is currently a member of the DNI's Intelligence Science Board and of the Board of Visitors of the Joint Military Intelligence College. May has been Dean of Harvard College, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Institute of Politics, and Chair of the Department of History. His publications include Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers (with Richard Neustadt); The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis (with Philip D. Zelikow); Strange Victory: Hitler's Conquest of France; and Dealing With Dictators: Dilemmas of U.S. Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1948-1990 (with Philip D. Zelikow). At the Kennedy School, he is a member of the board of directors of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 2003 to 2004 he was Senior Advisor to the 9/11 Commission.[1]

As of 1996, May was co-chair of the National Strategy Information Center's Working Group on Intelligence Reform along with Roy Godson.[2]


  1. Harvard Kennedy School - Ernest May, accessed 13 July 2007.
  2. Abram Shulsky and Gary Schmitt, The Future of U.S. Intelligence: Report Prepared for the Working Group on Intelligence Reform (Washington: Consortium for the Study of Intelligence of the National Security Information Center, 1996), pp90-91.