Leadership Team

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

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 shadow.foreignpolicy.com. 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.



Melanie Benson, Assistant Director

Melanie joins the American Grand Strategy team from Washington, DC, where she most recently acted as the Aerospace & Defense Sector Coordinator at the Boston Consulting Group.  Prior to her move to the private sector, Melanie worked at the Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan national security and defense think tank, and served as a staffer on Capitol Hill.  Melanie holds a M.A. in International Conflict Resolution from the George Washington University and a B.A. in International Affairs, Political Science and Spanish from Marquette University.

Reach Melanie at melanie.benson@duke.edu.


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.

Reach Rebecca at rebecca.dudley@duke.edu.


So Jin Lee, AGS Consortium Pre-Doc Fellow

So Jin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Duke University from Seoul, South Korea. Her primary field is Security, Peace, and Conflict, with a secondary specialization in Methodology. Her main research interests are positive inducements and sanctions as foreign policy tools, nuclear security and diplomacy, and public opinion in IR. Prior to coming to Duke, she worked as a Researcher for the Political Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington. She holds a M.A. in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and B.A. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College.

Reach So Jin at so.jin.lee@duke.edu.


Beth O'Brien, Program Assistant 

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

Reach Beth at marybeth.obrien@duke.edu.