Faculty & Staff

AGS Director


Peter FeaverProfessor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS).  From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues.   Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992).  He is co-author: with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler, of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton University Press, 2009); with Suzanne Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Best Out of College 2nd Edition (Ten Speed Press, 2012); and with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is co-editor, with Richard H. Kohn, of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001).  He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security.  He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com, and is a Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy magazine.  In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counter-proliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.


AGS Leadership Team


Hal Brands, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and History

Hal Brands joined the faculty at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy in July 2010. He is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Cold War history, Latin American security and diplomacy, and other strategic and military issues. He previously worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses outside of Washington, D.C., and has served as a member of the RAND Corporation Grand Strategy Advisory Board. At Duke, he is an affiliate of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and serves on the Executive Board of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

Brands is the author of From Berlin to Baghdad: America’s Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (University Press of Kentucky, 2008). His second book,Latin America’s Cold War (Harvard University Press, September 2010), was adapted from his dissertation, which won the John Addison Porter Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities at Yale University and the Mary and Arthur Wright Prize for Best Dissertation in Non-U.S. or European History at Yale. His most recent book is What Good is Grand Strategy? (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Brands earned a PhD, MA and MPhil. in History from Yale University. He received a BA in History and Political Science from Stanford University.

Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy & Political Science

Bruce Jentleson is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science whose area of expertise includes conflict prevention and peacekeeping, globalization, the Middle East, U. S. foreign policy, and international institutions. His current research focuses on post-Cold War American foreign policy, international security, and issues of force and diplomacy. Previously Professor Jentleson served as a senior foreign policy advisor to the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign, as a member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff and as a foreign policy advisor to then-Senator Gore.

Bruce Kuniholm, Professor of History and Public Policy, and Dean Emeritus of the Sanford School

Bruce Kuniholm is a Professor of History and Public Policy and the Dean Emeritus of the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy.  His research focuses on diplomatic history and U.S. foreign policy in the Near and Middle East.  Professor Kuniholm has worked on the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Policy Planning Staff.  He has also served as a consultant for the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United Technologies Corporation and the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

Michael Munger, Professor of Political Science

Michael Munger is a Professor of Political Science.  His interests include American institutions, public policy, political behavior and parties.  Professor Munger’s current research focuses on the ideology of racism in the slave South, and experiments using human subjects on spatial location games under complex information settings.  He has also worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration.


AGS Core Faculty


David Schanzer, Director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security

David Schanzer is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina.  He is also the Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.  Previously, he served in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, including Minority Staff Director of the Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives and Special Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Defense.

Charlie Dunlap, Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and National Security

Charles J. Dunlap Jr., the former deputy judge advocate general  of the United States Air Force, joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2010 as a Professor of Law. His  teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, international law,  civil-military relations, cyberwar, and military justice.

Christopher Gelpi, Professor of Political Science

Christopher Gelpi is a Professor of Political Science whose research interests include the sources of international militarized conflict, strategies for international conflict resolution, interstate relations, democratic peace, and methodology. His current work focuses on American public opinion and the use of military force, and on statistical models for forecasting military conflict.

Joseph Grieco, Professor of Political Science

Joseph Grieco is a Professor of Political Science who focuses on international relations, international political economy, and international conflict. Previously he served with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the International Monetary Fund as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ronnie Chatterji, Professor of The Fuqua School of Business

Aaron Chatterji is an Associate Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  From 2010-2011, he served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth.  Chatterji’s research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation, and the expanding social mission of business.

Tom Taylor, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy

Tom Taylor is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies whose area of expertise includes national and homeland security, civil-military relations, leadership, and constitutional and intelligence law.  He retired in 2006 as the senior career civilian attorney in the Department of the Army, where he served as the senior leader of the Army legal community during extended transition periods between successive political appointees. He has provided legal and policy advice to seven Secretaries and seven Chiefs of Staff during his past twenty seven years in the Pentagon.  Professor Taylor has received four Presidential Rank Awards from the last three Presidents, as well as numerous military decorations, including the Legion of Merit.




Alexandra Pfadt is the Program Coordinator for the Duke Program on American Grand Strategy. In this role she is responsible for providing logistical support and managing event programming. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Peace, War, and Defense and a second major in Political Science.

Kathryn Alexander is the Duke American Grand Strategy Program Fellow. She is a PhD student in Political Science with a first field in Security, Peace and Conflict and a second field in Political Methodology. Her research interests focus on the relationship between domestic political factors and international conflict behavior, particularly in the Middle East. Kathryn graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Sweet Briar College with Highest Honors in Government and from 2011-2012 was a Fulbright English lecturer at Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey.