Amy Zegart

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Amy B. Zegart (born 1967) is co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and professor of political economy (by courtesy) at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Before coming to Stanford in 2011, she served as professor of public policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and as a fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations. She is a leading national expert on the United States Intelligence Community and national security policy. She has written three books on the topic: Flawed By Design, which chronicled the evolution of the relationship between the United States Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council; Spying Blind, which examined U.S. intelligence agencies in the period preceding the September 11 attacks in 2001; and Eyes on Spies, which examined the weaknesses of U.S. intelligence oversight.

Zegart studied for her Ph.D in Political Science under Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University.[1] During this time, she also served as a member of President Bill Clinton's National Security Council staff.[1] Zegart holds an A.B. in East Asian Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she was a Fulbright Scholar and advised Fortune 100 companies on strategy and organizational effectiveness as an associate with McKinsey & Company.[1][2]


  • Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community, Hoover Institution Press, 2011. ISBN 9780817912840
  • Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11, Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780691120218
  • Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC, Stanford University Press, 1999. ISBN 9780804735049


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