Amy Zegart

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Amy Zegart
Born 1967
Nationality American
Education Harvard University
Stanford University
Occupation University professor

Amy Zegart (born 1967) is an American academic. She serves as the co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University; a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; and Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Early life[edit]

Zegart was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1967. She received an A.B. in East Asian Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University. She 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 Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and as a Fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations.[1] In 2011, Zegart moved to Stanford University.

Zegart 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.

She currently resides in Palo Alto, California and is married to a retired screenwriter.[2]


  • 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


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