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Academic Positions

Smith College

Associate Professor of Government (with tenure), 2017-present

Assistant Professor of Government, 2009-2017

Director, Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program, 2012-present

Director (interim), Smithsonian Program, 2020-2021


The George Washington University

Visiting Scholar, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, 2010-2011


Stanford University

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Public Policy Program, 2008-2009


University of Cambridge

Anglo-California Foundation Visiting Scholar, Pembroke College, 2005-2006


University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. (Political Science), December 2008

M.A. (Political Science), May 2003

Dissertation Committee: Steven Weber (Chair), Philip Tetlock, Paul Pierson, Michael Nacht


Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

M.P.P., June 1999

Concentrations: Advanced Microeconomic Analysis; Political Advocacy and Leadership

Oberlin College

B.A. May 1995

Majors: Politics (High Honors), English

Writings & Presentations


The CIA and the Politics of Intelligence Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2017)



“Bridging the Gap in Intelligence: The Scholar-Practitioner Divide,” in Stephen Coulthart et al, eds., The Role of Social and Behavioral Science Research in Intelligence Studies (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2019)

“'Imagine a World in Which': Using Scenarios in Political Science,” International Studies Perspectives, 2015 (with Naazneen Barma, Eric Lorber, and Rachel Whitlark)

“Addressing ‘This Woeful Imbalance’: Efforts to Improve Women’s Representation at CIA, 1947-2014,” Intelligence and National Security, December 2015

  • Also published in Typist to Trailblazer: The Evolving View of Women in the CIA’s Workforce (Central Intelligence Agency: Historical Collections Publications, October 2013)


Review: Igor Lukes, On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Prague(Intelligence and National Security, May 2013 – 1500 words)


Review: Paul Pillar, Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy (H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable, May 2012 – 3500 words)


“Intelligence,” in Paul J. Quirk and William Cunion, eds., Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government (New York, NY: Facts on File, 2011)


“Bureaucratic Politics Model” and “Matrix Organization,” Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications (December 2006)

“Bureaucratic Politics Model” and “Matrix Organization,” Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications (December 2006)


Scholarly Lectures and Other Professional Presentations (Selected)

“More Data, More Problems: What Society Needs from the Statistical and Data Sciences,” invited presentation to Neyman Seminar, Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley, March 2019


“The End of Theory? The Place of Theory in Empirical Times,” invited participation in roundtable discussion for TIBS Colloquy, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), November 2018


“The CIA and the Politics of US Intelligence Reform,” Invited presentation to Naval Postgraduate School Global Connections Speaker Series, Monterey, CA, January 2018


“Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Challenges of Intelligence Oversight and Reform,” Invited presentation to Government Accountability Office, Defense Capabilities and Management Unit, Washington, DC, October 2017


“Wiretaps and National Security Policy: A Panel Discussion on U.S. Intelligence, the Russians and What’s Next for America,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, April 2017


“Bridging the Gap in Intelligence: the Scholar-Practitioner Divide,” Invited presentation to University of Texas, El Paso, National Security Studies Institute Colloquium, March 2017


“Engaging with Policymakers,” Invited presentation to APSA short course, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, September 2015


“Bridging the Gap in Teaching,” Webinar conducted for the Bridging the Gap Project, April 2015 (link:


“The Political Economy of Gender Discrimination,” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, February 2015


“The Challenge of Measuring Intelligence Success,” Intelligence, National Security, and War Workshop, U.S. Naval War College, March 2013


“Performance Measurement in Forecast Organizations,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA, August 2011


“Who Goes Negative? Quantifying Negativity in U.S. Congressional Races,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA, August 2011


“Changing the Guard: The Politics of U.S. Intelligence Reform”

– Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 2008

– Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, April 2008

– International Relations Colloquium, UC Berkeley, November 2007

– Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, October 2007

– Colloquium on American Politics, UC Berkeley, September 2007

“Reforming U.S. Intelligence: When and How Should Intelligence Be Centralized?,” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, April 2008


“Centralizing U.S. Intelligence,” invited presentation at Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group (LA-TEW) conference, RAND Corporation, October 2006


“Who Watches the Watchmen? Principal-Agent Control and the U.S. Intelligence Community,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2005


“The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004: What It Means for U.S. Security,” Foreign Policy Colloquium, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, December 2004


“Strategic Intelligence in a Changing World: Lessons from Organization Theory,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2004

Awards and Honors


2019-2020:      Berggruen Fellowship ($49,000)

Served as 2019-2020 Berggruen Fellow, including part-time residence at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, CA


2018-2020:       New Directions Fellowship, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($237,322)

Support for research project, “Grasping @ the Future: The Promise, Peril, and Politics of Big Data Forecasting”


2010-2015:       Term Membership, Council on Foreign Relations


2011-2013:       E.B. Wiley Fund, Smith College ($2,500)

Support for research project, “Foreign Policy in the U.S. Senate: Is the Era of Bipartisanship Over and Does It Matter?”


2011:                  Picker Fellowship, Smith College (Course release)


2009-2010:       Mellon 23 Collaborative Workshop: Teaching During Wartime: Security Studies and the Liberal Arts, Mellon Foundation ($16,310)

Served as one of five co-PI’s for a workshop on teaching security studies in the liberal arts environment, which took place at Wellesley College in October 2010 and was attended by 18 professors


2008-2009:       Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Program in Public Policy, Stanford University ($65,000)


2007-2008:       Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California


2007-2008:       Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University


2006-2007:       John L. Simpson Memorial Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley


2005-2006:       Anglo-California Foundation Scholarship, University of California, Berkeley and University of Cambridge

Teaching Experience

Smith College Department of Government, Assistant/Associate Professor

- The Politics of Data

- Foreign Policy of the United States

- Politics and the Experience of War

- International Politics

- Decision and Uncertainty

- Seminar: Intelligence  and National Security

- Seminar: Foreign Policy Decision Making

- Picker Program Semester-in-Washington Research Project

- Smithsonian Program Research Project


Stanford University Program in Public Policy, Lecturer/Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

- Politics and Public Policy

- Senior Seminar in Public Policy

- Senior Seminar in Public Policy: Practicum

- Graduate Practicum in Public Policy and International Policy Studies

Other Experience (selected)

The Bridging the Gap Project

Co-Director, 2010-present

- Serve as one of six co-directors on multi-year grant to conduct research and hold workshops designed to bridge the gap between academic researchers and the U.S. foreign policy establishment

- Co-developed and facilitated the annual International Summer Policy Institute, a week-long professional development program for professors in international and comparative politics seeking to have a greater influence on public policy


Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Associate, 2005-2009

- Co-designed and facilitated the New Era Global Futures Scenario Project (2007), a series of scenario-planning workshops in China, Singapore, Israel, and Switzerland to examine how international policy communities view medium-term U.S. foreign policy

- Co-organized and facilitated the Berkeley-Duke Workshop on the Future of Biotechnology in International Politics (2006), hosted at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York

- Co-founded and facilitated the New Era Foreign Policy Conference (2006-08), an annual two-day workshop comprising policy planning sessions for academics and policymakers


Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Fellow, Fall 2002-Summer 2003

- Collected and analyzed economic data for project on fiscal federalism with Professors Rui de Figuiredo and Barry Weingast (2002-03)

- Researched European economic, social, and legal policies for project on social boundary definition with Professor Maurizio Ferrera (2002-03)


U.S. Senate, Office of Senator Patty Murray

Press Secretary/Deputy Communications Director, 2000-01

- Managed day-to-day operations of U.S. senator’s Washington, D.C., press office

- Advised senator on political, legislative, and media strategies

- Conducted on-the-record interviews with print, radio, and television press

Media and Public Engagement

“As Trump Loyalist Takes Reins as National Intelligence Chief, What's Next for US Spy Agencies?,” Forum with Michael Krasny, KQED Radio San Francisco, February 25, 2020. (featured guest)


“Trump named a loyalist to head intelligence. Will Richard Grenell eliminate dissent?,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage blog), February 24, 2020. (author)


“Digital Authoritarianism: Finding Our Way Out of the Darkness,” War On The Rocks, February 10, 2020. (co-author, with Naazneen Barma and Andrea Kendall-Taylor)


“What the Super Bowl Can Teach Us about Foreign Policy,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage blog), February 3, 2019. (co-author, with Naazneen Barma and Steven Weber)


CBS Radio (KCBS), May 17, 2018 (featured interview on nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director)


Haspel is Trump’s chance to reset his bad start with the CIA,” The Conversation US, March 14, 2018 (author)


CBS Radio (KCBS), January 22, 2018 (featured interview on U.S. National Defense Strategy)


CBS Radio (KCBS), May 16, 2017 (featured interview on President Trump and Russian intelligence)


CBS Radio (KCBS), May 9, 2017 (featured interview on firing of FBI Director James Comey)

“Editorial: New law adjusts balance between security, individual freedom,” Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 10, 2015 (featured expert)

“Area observers skeptical of new surveillance law,” Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 8, 2015 (featured expert/interview)

“The Bill Newman Show,” WHMP Radio, August 29, 2014 (featured interview on U.S. intelligence)


CBS Radio (KCBS), February 16, 2014 (featured interview on homeland security policy)


“Women in the CIA focus of Smith College, Central Intelligence Agency panel,” The Republican (Springfield, MA)/, October 24, 2013 (featured expert/interview)


“Women in the CIA Workforce,” C-SPAN American History TV, October 30, 2013 (featured speaker and panel moderator)


“The Bridging the Gap Project,” The Monkey Cage blog (now at the Washington Post), June 11, 2013 (author)


“How Scholars Can Be Strategic Communicators,” The Monkey Cage blog (now at the Washington Post), June 10, 2013 (author)


CBS Radio (KCBS), January 6, 2009 (featured interview on U.S. intelligence)


“Obama puts Panetta in unfamiliar waters,” CBS News/Politico, January 6, 2009 (featured expert/interview)

Professional Memberships and Service (selected)

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association

International Studies Association

History of Science Society

Society for the History of Technology

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (former)

Society for Historians of American Former Policy (former)

Peer Reviewer

International Studies Quarterly, Intelligence and National Security, Journal of American Studies, Journal of Global Security Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Rowman & Littlefield, Oxford University Press

Smith College Service

Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility, Smith College Board of Trustees, 2017-present

Advisory Committee, Smith College Public Policy Program, 2012-present

Member, Smith College Committee on Academic Freedom, 2017-2018, 2020-present

Member, Smith College Marshals Committee, 2016-present

Faculty Representative, Smith College Campus Council on Community Policy, 2011-2015, 2016-2018

Co-chair, Search Committee, Tenure-track position in Government and Statistical & Data Sciences, 2019-2020

Member, Search Committee, Tenure-track position in Government (Indo-Asia-Pacific Politics), 2016-2017

Member, Search Committee, Tenure-track position in Government (Middle East Politics), 2014-2015

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