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Amy Zegart

Associate Professor
Department: School of Public Affairs
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tel: (310) 825-2455
Fax: (310) 206-0337
Personal Website

Amy Zegart is Associate Professor at UCLA's School of Public Affairs, a Fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in U.S. national security policy, U.S. intelligence, global studies, and public policy. In 2003 she was awarded Public Policy Professor of the Year for excellence in teaching.

Her research examines the organizational deficiencies of American national security agencies. Her first book, Flawed By Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS and NSC (Stanford University Press, 1999), won the highest national dissertation award in Political Science and has become standard reading for several U.S. military and intelligence training programs. Her second book, Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11(Princeton University Press, 2007) won the 2008 Louis Brownlow Book Award, the top literary prize given by the National Academy of Public Administration for outstanding contributions to the field. She has also published in International SecurityPolitical Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and other leading academic journals. She is currently writing a text book on U.S. intelligence (under advance contract with Princeton University Press) and a series of articles examining weaknesses in congressional intelligence oversight.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 in 1993. She has also testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, provided intelligence training to the Marine Corps and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and advised local, state, and federal officials on intelligence and homeland security matters.

Her analysis has been featured frequently on national television and radio shows, the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She also blogs periodically on the National Journal National Security Experts Blog and the Reality Based Community.

Before pursuing an academic career, Zegart spent three years at McKinsey & Company, where she advised senior management inFortune 100 companies about strategy and organizational effectiveness.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Zegart received an A.B. in East Asian Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. She currently serves on The National Academies of Science Panel to Improve Intelligence Analysis and Southern California's Homeland Security Advisory Council. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. A Kentucky native, she collects American antiques and still roots for the University of Louisville unless they play UCLA or Stanford.

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