Women looking straight forward

Amy Zegart, PhD

  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science

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Biography

Amy Zegart is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor of Political Science by courtesy at Stanford University. She is also the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Chair of Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence and International Security Steering Committee, and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. She specializes in U.S. intelligence, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and national security, and global political risk management.

The author of five books, Zegart’s award-winning research includes the bestseller Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence (Princeton, 2022); Bytes, Bombs, and Spies: The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations (Brookings, 2019), co-edited with Herb Lin; Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity (Twelve, 2018), co-authored with Condoleezza Rice; and the leading academic study of intelligence failures before 9/11 – Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11 (Princeton 2007).  Her op-eds and essays have appeared in Foreign AffairsPolitico, the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalWired, and elsewhere. 

Zegart has been featured by the National Journal as one of the ten most influential experts in intelligence reform. She served on the Clinton administration’s National Security Council staff and as a foreign policy adviser to the Bush 2000 presidential campaign. She has also testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and advises senior officials on intelligence, homeland security, and cybersecurity matters.

Previously, Zegart served as co-director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, founding co-director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Program, and chief academic officer of the Hoover Institution. Before coming to Stanford, she was Professor of Public Policy at UCLA and a McKinsey & Company consultant.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, the American Political Science Association’s Leonard D. White Dissertation Prize, and research grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Hewlett Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Zegart received an A.B. in East Asian studies magna cum laude from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. She serves on the board of directors of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (KTOS) and the Capital Group. 

publications

Books
January 2019

Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations

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Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations
Books
May 2018

Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity

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Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity
Books
December 2011

Implementing Change: Organizational Challenges

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Implementing Change: Organizational Challenges

In The News

U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna [center] onstage with Amy Zegart [left] and Michael McFaul [right].
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Congressman Ro Khanna Addresses Intersection of America's Economy and U.S.-China Geopolitical Challenges

The congressman joined Michael McFaul and Amy Zegart for a discussion co-sponsored by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Hoover Institution on American economic resiliency in the face of U.S. competition with China.
Congressman Ro Khanna Addresses Intersection of America's Economy and U.S.-China Geopolitical Challenges
Spies, Lies and Algorithms book cover
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Inside the secret world of U.S. intelligence with Stanford scholar Amy Zegart

In her new book, Stanford scholar Amy Zegart examines the evolution of the U.S. intelligence community and how technology is changing how it operates.
Inside the secret world of U.S. intelligence with Stanford scholar Amy Zegart
Pillars of light are projected from the 9/11 Memorial Site where the Twin Towers used to stand in New York CIty.
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How Stanford Scholars Are Teaching the Next Generation About 9/11

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, four Stanford scholars and leading experts in national security, terrorism and contemporary conflict – Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart, Martha Crenshaw and Lisa Blaydes – reflect on how their teaching of the terrorist attacks has evolved.
How Stanford Scholars Are Teaching the Next Generation About 9/11
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