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Hello and welcome to my website. Thank you for visiting.


I am a political scientist serving as Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Smith College, where I teach courses in the politics of data, U.S. foreign policy, international relations, war, and intelligence. My research focuses on the politics of U.S. intelligence policy and the organizational dynamics of information-based bureaucracies. My book The CIA and the Politics of U.S. Intelligence Reform was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. 


I am a co-director of the Bridging the Gap Project, which promotes connections between scholars and the broader foreign policy community.

I have also held research fellowships at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), the University of California's Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge.


Prior to joining the Smith faculty, I taught in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. I previously served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and as an adviser and senior staff member on several campaigns for U.S. Congress.

Brent Durbin

Politics of Data  -  Foreign Policy  -  Intelligence  -  Decision-Making

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