Amy B. Zegart (born 1967) is a tenured Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, where she is a leading national expert on the United States Intelligence Community and national security policy. She has written three books on the topic: Flawed By Design, which chronicled the evolution of the relationship between the United States Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council; Spying Blind, which examined US intelligence agencies in the period preceding the September 11 attacks in 2001; and Eyes on Spies, which examined the weaknesses of U.S. intelligence oversight.

Professor Zegart studied for her Ph.D in Political Science under Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University.[1] During this time, she also served as a member of President Bill Clinton's National Security Council staff.[1] Zegart holds an A.B. in East Asian Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she was a Fulbright Scholar and advised Fortune 100 companies on strategy and organizational effectiveness as an associate with McKinsey & Company.[1] She is currently a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.[2]


  • Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community, Hoover Institution Press, 2011. ISBN 9780817912840
  • Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11, Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780691120218
  • Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC, Stanford University Press, 1999. ISBN 9780804735049


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