Amy Beth Zegart

Hoover Senior Fellow
Contact Info
AmyBethZegart
Davies Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Teaching Statement

Amy Zegart’s research focuses on organizational challenges and innovation in national security. She has studied the creation and evolution of the American national security state since 1947, adaptation failures in the CIA and FBI before 9/11, the roots of weak congressional intelligence oversight, and how business leaders manage global political risks.

Bio

Amy Zegart is the Co-Director of Stanford’s Center for International Security & Cooperation and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She co-teaches a GSB course on political risk management with Condoleezza Rice and a Political Science course on international security with Martha Crenshaw.

Zegart spent twelve years as a Public Policy professor at UCLA where she won two prestigious teaching awards. Before her academic careers, she spent three years at McKinsey & Company and served on the Clinton Administration’s National Security Council staff.

Her research examines organizational challenges and innovations in national security. She was profiled by the National Journal as one of the ten most influential experts in U.S. intelligence reform. Her publications include Spying Blind, which won the National Academy of Public Administration’s Brownlow Book Award, and Flawed by Design, which won the American Political Science Association’s Leonard D. White Award.  From 2009 to 2011, she served on the National Academies of Science Panel to Improve Intelligence Analysis. Her commentary has been featured on national television and radio shows and in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

A former Fulbright scholar, Zegart received an AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard and an MA and PhD in Political Science from Stanford.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2017-18

In a globalized world, managers and investors are increasingly realizing that politics matter as much as economic fundamentals. Micro-level decisions made by local politicians in Brazil or India, national-level strategies of countries like China...

2016-17

In a globalized world, managers and investors are increasingly realizing that politics matter as much as economic fundamentals. Micro-level decisions made by local politicians in Brazil or India, national-level strategies of countries like China...

Stanford Case Studies

Burma Telecom | IB107
Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart, Jessica Renier2014
Engyn in Iraq: Choosing Between Baghdad and Erbil | IB102
Charles Nicas, Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart2012
Political Risk in the Kaesong Industrial Complex | IB103
Torey McMurdo, Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart2012
San Leon Energy, Hydraulic Fracturing in Poland | IB101
Astasia Myers, Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart2012

Stanford University Affiliations

Greater Stanford University

In the Media

Stanford Report, December 7, 2015
Stanford political scientist Amy Zegart says the U.S. Senate's 2014 summary report on alleged CIA torture and interrogation during the "war on terror" contains errors and weaknesses that only served to weaken its ultimate influence.

Insights by Stanford Business

November 7, 2014
Michael Hayden discusses the evolving rules in combatting terrorism.
March 18, 2013
Stanford’s Amy Zegart argues in that the prediction business is getting easier.