Amy Zegart

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Amy Zegart
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter receives a Stanford sweater from Dr. Amy Zegart at the Drell Lecture at Stanford University on April 23, 2015.
Born1967 (age 56–57)
Academic background
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Stanford University (PhD)
Academic advisorsCondoleezza Rice
Academic work
DisciplinePolitical scientist
InstitutionsHoover Institution
Stanford University

Amy Zegart (born 1967) is an American political scientist currently serving as the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies (FSI), and professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University. She is also a contributing writer to The Atlantic. From 2013 to 2018, she served as co-director of FSI's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and founder and co-director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Program.

Early life and education[edit]

Zegart was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1967. She received an A.B. in East Asian Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University then earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Stanford University, where she studied under Condoleezza Rice.[1] While in graduate school, she spent time on President Bill Clinton's National Security Council staff.[1]


Shortly after graduating from Harvard, Zegart moved to Hong Kong, where she continued studying East Asia for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship. Following this, she began work as an associate with McKinsey & Company, where she advised Fortune 100 companies on strategy and organizational effectiveness.[1] Zegart then attended graduate school. After completing her Ph.D., she served as a professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations.[1] In 2011, Zegart moved to Stanford University.

Zegart is a leading expert on the United States Intelligence Community and national security policy. She has written five books[2] 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; Eyes on Spies, which examined the weaknesses of U.S. intelligence oversight; and Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, which examined espionage in the digital age.

Zegart currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign relations and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a military contractor and weapons manufacturer that received a $29m government contract in 2016 to produce directed-energy weapon systems.[3]

She currently resides in Palo Alto, California, and is married to a retired screenwriter.[4]


  • Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC, Stanford University Press, 1999. ISBN 9780804735049
  • Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11, Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780691120218
  • Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community, Hoover Institution Press, 2011. ISBN 9780817912840
  • Rice, Condoleezza; Zegart, Amy (2018). Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity. New York City: Twelve. ISBN 9781455542352. OCLC 1019846069.
  • "Spies, Lies, and Algorithms," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2019.[5]
  • Lin, Herbert; Zegart, Amy (2019). Bytes, Bombs, and Spies: The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations. Washington: Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 9780815735472.
  • "Intelligence Isn't Just for Governments Anymore," Foreign Affairs, November 2020.[6]
  • "Spies Like Us," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2021.[7]
  • Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence, Princeton University Press, 2022. ISBN 9780691147130


  1. ^ a b c d Amy Zegart, UCLA School of Public Affairs Archived March 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Amy Zegart". Retrieved 2023-10-06.
  3. ^ "Kratos Defense Security Solutions Appoints Amy Zegart to Board of Directors - Kratos Defense".
  4. ^ Amy Zegart (January 30, 2013). "Not Just Another Movie: Zero Dark Thirty lies. End of story". Foreign Policy.
  5. ^ Amy Zegart (May–June 2019). "Spies, Lies and Algorithms". Foreign Affairs.
  6. ^ Amy Zegart (November 2020). "Intelligence Isn't Just for Governments Anymore". Foreign Affairs.
  7. ^ Amy Zegart (July–August 2021). "Spies Like Us". Foreign Affairs.

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