John Ferris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is Professor of History and Fellow of The Centre for Military, Strategic and Security Studies at The University of Calgary. He is Honourary Professor at The Department of International Politics, The University of Aberystwyth, and The School of Politics and Law, Brunel University, and Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was a member of The Anglo-Japanese History Project, 1996-2002, and Cryptologic Historical Scholar at The National Security Agency, 2008-09. Presently he is writing the authorised history of GCHQ, which will be published in 2019.
John Ferris has written or edited 6 books, and over 100 academic articles or chapters, on topics including air, diplomatic, intelligence, imperial, international, maritime and strategic history, and strategic studies. Among his particular areas of work are British strategy, 1815-2018, the power politics of the Asia-Pacific region, 1830-1945, Anglo-Japanese relations, 1854-45, the power politics of the interwar years, intelligence and international relations and strategy, and signals intelligence. Along with his history of GCHQ, 1919-2019, he is completing books on intelligence and the outbreak of the Pacific War, and intelligence and economic warfare during the First World War. He comments regularly on Canadian media regarding international relations and war.