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Leadership Team

AGS is led by its founder and director, Dr. Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. 

Peter Feaver

Peter D. Feaver, Director

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. 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), co-author, with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossn, of Getting the Most Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008), and co-author, 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, ma2001). 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 and blogs at 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, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.

Paige Rotunda

Paige Rotunda, Program Manger

Paige serves as the Program Manager for the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy. Previously, Paige worked at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC where she produced the Center's Capitol Hill strategy, managed educational programs, and executed high-level staff delegations. She graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in foreign policy and national security.

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Becca Dudley

Rebecca Dudley, Graduate Fellow

Rebecca Dudley is a Political Science PhD student with a concentration in security, peace, and conflict and a second field in methodology (applied statistics). Her research interests focus on conflict resolution and American foreign policy, with an emphasis on the institutional and individual mechanisms of resolving conflict. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and French Studies from Brigham Young University.

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Andrew Kenealy

Andrew Kenealy, Graduate Fellow

Andrew is a PhD student in political science, focusing in security, peace, and conflict as well as political methodology. Before coming to Duke, he was a research analyst at the Brookings Institution and the head coach of the varsity girls rowing team at Wilson High School—DC’s only public school with rowing. Some of Andrew’s academic research is forthcoming at the Journal of Cold War Studies, and his policy commentary can be found in Small Wars Journal, Lawfare, as well as various Brookings outlets. He holds a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College.

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Beth O'Brien

Beth O'Brien, Program Assistant

Beth provides programmatic support for AGS, the CTPP Fellowship Program and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

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