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Class of 2020

Class of 2020

Schmidt Futures announced its inaugural ISF-North America cohort in 2020 with 27 fellows from diverse fields, including law, philanthropy, industry, government, and technology. Read about the fellows below.

Jon Bateman


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Jon Bateman is a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He researches and writes about a diverse range of issues involving technology and international affairs, including U.S.-China tech competition, influence operations, systemic cybersecurity risk, and digital governance.

Bateman previously was special assistant to then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. He led strategic analysis within the Chairman’s internal think tank and was the Chairman’s first civilian speechwriter.

Bateman also served as Director for Cyber Strategy Implementation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He developed the first comprehensive policy for military cyber operations, helped to establish a unified Cyber Command, and co-founded the Secretary’s Principal Cyber Advisor Staff.

A former intelligence officer, Bateman was senior analyst for Iran at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He led a large team that produced strategic assessments on a range of Iranian political and security issues for the White House and the Pentagon.

Bateman is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD) and Johns Hopkins University (BA).

Virginia Boney

Senior Manager of Public Policy



Virginia Boney is a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Amazon. She is also a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and an Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leader.  

Most recently, Virginia was the Deputy Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she led the committee charged with overseeing the Department’s lead role in implementing the Executive Orders on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok and WeChat

Virginia served from 2017 to 2020 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council. In this role, she was the primary liaison to Congress on foreign policy and national security issues and a senior advisor to the National Security Advisor. She successfully headed up major legislative initiatives, including reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and passage of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act.  

Previously, Virginia served for over eight years as a senior staff member to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. As Director of Appropriations, she developed a rare proficiency in the appropriations process, provided strategic guidance on foreign policy issues, and traveled extensively to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

Virginia received a BA cum laude in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Asha Castleberry-Hernandez

Senior Advisor

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State


Asha Castleberry is a military officer, professor, and the primary co-founder of Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN). In academia, she taught foreign policy and national security at George Washington University, Fordham University and Baruch College. A U.S. Army veteran, Asha completed a 30-month deployment in the Middle East. Since the 2014 ISIL incursion in Iraq, she served as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Kuwait.

From December 2012 to June 2014, Asha served as the Kuwait Desk Officer for International Military Affairs, U.S. Army Central. During the Obama Administration, she worked with the State Department at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Asha volunteered to serve as an election observer for the 2009 Presidential Election in El Salvador, and she served as part of USSOUTHCOM’s peacekeeping operations in Nicaragua.

Currently, she is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves at the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency. She’s a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council, a recipient of the Robert J. Meyers Fund Fellowship at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project and a Term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She’s been awarded the 2016 Aspen Institute Ideas Scholarship, and she’s also a scholarship recipient for the Socrates Program.

A graduate of Hampton University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Asha has studied Law and Business in mainland China, and she’s also studied international politics at the University of Oxford’s New College Program. She is a New Leaders Council Fellow and was chosen as a Diplomatic Courier “Top 99 Under 33” Foreign Policy Leader, and a 2015 Root100 “Top African American Rising Leader.” She has been featured or quoted in numerous media outlets including CNN, Fox News, CBS News, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Hill, Al-Jazeera English, and I24 News.

Andrew Choi


Schmidt Futures


Andrew Choi is a Fellow at Schmidt Futures.

Previously, he served as a senior technologist within the World Bank Group, working to deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence within Bank programs and operations. Included among those efforts was the Famine Action Mechanism, focused on better predicting global crises to provide aid faster and more efficiently.

Andrew was the CTO and co-founder of Predata, a machine learning startup that built a predictive analytics platform for geopolitical events and risks. He was also a co-founder of Doceoware, an education software company focused on massively online open courses. Prior to that, he was on the investment team at Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based venture and growth equity firm.

Andrew is a Senior Fellow with the Federation of American Scientists. He holds a BSE from Princeton University in Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

Rush Doshi


Brookings China Strategy Initiative


Rush Doshi is fellow and director of the Brookings China Strategy Initiative as well as a fellow at Yale’s Paul Tsai China Center.  

As director of the Brookings China Strategy Initiative, Doshi leads an effort that acquires, digitizes, and analyzes Mandarin-language open sources and studies state behavior to understand China’s  grand strategy.  

At the Paul Tsai China Center, Doshi manages a project that seeks  to audit and improve U.S.-China crisis management mechanisms. Doshi is currently special advisor to the CEO of the Asia Group and  an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  

Previously, Doshi was a member of the Asia Policy Working Group for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, an analyst at the Long Term Strategy Group and Rock Creek Global Advisors, an Arthur Liman Fellow at the Department of State, and a Fulbright Fellow in China. Doshi received his doctorate from Harvard University, his bachelor’s from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and is professionally proficient in Mandarin.  

Doshi’s research has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, International Organization, and the Washington Quarterly.  

His book on Chinese grand strategy is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Eliza Gheorghe

Assistant Professor

Bilkent University


Eliza Gheorghe is an Assistant Professor in the International Relations Department at Bilkent University. She earned her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford (No Corrections, 2014) and an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University (Honors, 2010), on a Fulbright scholarship. 

She held research fellowships at the Institute for Peace Science and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Yale University, Harvard Kennedy School, Cornell University, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, and Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne. Her research was also funded by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and the University of Vienna. 

She is the recipient of the International Fellowship for Outstanding Researchers (2019-2022) from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), with her project The Globalization of the Atom: Nuclear Trade and the Spread of Atomic Weapons. In 2020, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist Prize from the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on nuclear proliferation and the evolution of the nuclear market; questions of grand strategy and nuclear alliances; nuclear dominoes; and illicit trade and trafficking networks. Her work has been published in International Security, International History Review, European Review of History, Cold War History, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Palgrave Macmillan, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. 

At Bilkent, she teaches International Relations, International Security, and Nuclear Proliferation and International Politics.

Maggie Goodlander

Adjunct Professor

University of New Hampshire School of Law


Maggie Goodlander is a lawyer and teaches constitutional law and administrative law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. 

She has spent much of the past decade working in legal and policy positions in each branch of the United States government and in both houses of Congress. 

Maggie served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as a senior advisor to United States Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, and, most recently, as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment and Senate trial of President Donald Trump. 

Born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, Maggie is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and serves on the board of directors of New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.  

She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

Naima Green-Riley

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University

Nonresident Fellow, Digital Forensic Lab, Atlantic Council


Naima Green-Riley is a Ph.D. Candidate and Raymond Vernon Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University and a Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. Following her doctoral defense, she will be joining the faculties of the Department of Politics and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Naima specializes in Chinese foreign policy with a focus on public diplomacy and the global information space.

Naima’s academic work intersects with her contributions to global development and diplomacy. She was featured on New America’s 2020 list of Black American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America. Before pursuing her Ph.D., Naima was a Pickering Fellow and a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. She was the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria, Egypt during the Arab Spring. She also served as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China.

Naima’s writing has been published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science (JEPS) and in the 2021 book, The China Questions II (Harvard University Press). Her writing has also appeared in various public-facing outlets, including The Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post, the Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia Series of the National Bureau of Asian Research, The Diplomat, and The Root.

Naima received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with honors from Stanford University. She was a Belfer Center International and Global Affairs fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Policy. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and she also has an intermediate-level knowledge of Arabic.

Daniel Koh

Chief of Staff

U.S. Department of Labor


Dan Koh was the Chief Operating Officer of a HqO, a software platform designed to change the way we interact with the world around us.  

He has played a key role in growing the company to over 70 employees, $51 million in capital raised, and 80 million square feet under management. He was formerly a candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, where he came within 0.1% of the Democratic primary nomination. 

Previously, Dan served as Chief of Staff to Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, managing 18,000 employees and a $3 billion budget during one of the most prosperous four-year stretches in Boston’s history,  with record levels of employment and educational attainment. Previously, Dan served as Chief of Staff to Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of The Huffington Post.  

He has been named to the “30 under 30” list by Forbes Magazine, “40 under 40” list by the Boston Business Journal, and Boston Magazine as a “next generation power player.” In 2016, he received an honorable mention from The Boston Globe for “Bostonian of the Year.” He serves on the board of the International Institute of New England and Ironstone Farm. 

A native of Andover, Massachusetts, Dan holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was President of his section. He has run 43 marathons across the U.S. and Canada.

Justin Kosslyn

Head of Digital Products



Justin is head of digital products at TED, the organization behind TED Talks. He previously spent a decade at Google, where he oversaw a range of software tools to improve digital and information security. He directly led projects including Google’s warnings for targets of government-backed cyberattacks; Password Alert, a Chrome extension to fight phishing; and Share the Facts, a tool for global fact-checkers with markup now used by Google, Facebook, and Bing. He graduated from Yale with a BS in Computer Science, and lives with his wife and two children in New York.

Joe Kristol

Public Affairs Director



Joe Kristol is a Director on the Public Affairs team at Elliott, where he works with portfolio companies on strategic communications and government relations initiatives. Previously, he was a program manager at a private foundation, worked at a boutique consulting and venture investment firm, served as Legislative Director and Foreign Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, and led strategic and operational transformations as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in New York.


Earlier in his career, Joe served as a Marine Corps infantry officer with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. He led Marines on two tours overseas, deploying to the embattled Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan in 2010, and with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the South Pacific, Middle East, and Horn of Africa in 2012. He left active duty as a Captain.


Joe graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Government. He is a Board member of Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that forges strong bonds between civilians, military, and first responders through volunteer service projects. Joe lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

Aditi Kumar

Executive Director

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School


Aditi Kumar is Senior Advisor in the Office of Industrial Policy at the Department of Defense, where she focuses on a range of issues including supply chain risk, foreign investment, and tech competition.

Aditi was previously the Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she also led the Economic Diplomacy Initiative. Her research interests include U.S. international economic policy, financial technology, and financial regulation.

Aditi was a Principal at management consultancy Oliver Wyman in the financial services and public policy practices. She worked primarily with U.S. commercial and investment banks, as well as U.S. regulators and policymakers on designing and implementing financial regulation.

She also served as a Project Manager at the World Economic Forum, responsible for leading policy discussions among financial sector executives and policymakers on managing financial risk and designing effective global financial regulation.

Aditi has a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Alison Laporte-Oshiro

Manager, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Programs – National Security

Amazon Web Services


Alison Laporte-Oshiro leads the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) team devoted to the National Security space at Amazon Web Services. Previously, she was the Solutions Manager for Defense at IBM Watson. Prior to joining the tech industry, Alison worked on Public-Private Partnerships in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and post-conflict reconstruction in Libya at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Alison holds a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Rebecca Lissner

Assistant Professor

U.S. Naval War College


Dr. Rebecca Lissner is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval War College, where her research and writing focuses on the history and future of American national security strategy. She previously held research positions at the University of  Pennsylvania, Council on Foreign Relations, and Yale University, and served in government at the U.S. Department of Energy. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Eric Lorber

Managing Director

K2 Integrity


Eric B. Lorber is a Managing Director at K2 Integrity, where he advises global financial institutions on issues related to sanctions and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance. He is also the Senior Director of the Center of Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Prior to re-joining K2 Integrity, Eric was a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) at the United States Department of the Treasury, where he provided strategic guidance on U.S. sanctions and AML/CFT policies. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he advised clients in the areas of international trade regulation, compliance, and anti-corruption.

His articles and commentary on sanctions and related issues have appeared widely in the press and academic journals such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Banking Committee, the House Financial Services Committee, and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence on sanctions, illicit finance, and related issues.

Eric graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Noyes E. Leech Award for highest achievement in international law. He graduated from Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude and with departmental honors, and was awarded the Charles Beard Prize for academic achievement.

Quinn Lorenz

Foreign Service Officer

U.S. Department of State


Quinn Lorenz currently serves as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  His previous national security assignments include: Director of Research and Analysis with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence; Management and Program Analyst on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Foreign Influence Task Force; Deputy Chief of Staff and Staff Officer on the White House’s National Security Council staff; and Desk Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for the Middle East. Mr. Lorenz is the recipient of numerous awards for meritorious service. 

He is a graduate of DePaul University and the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Max Nova




Max Nova co-founded NCX over a decade ago.  He built many of the Natural Capital Exchange’s core technical systems that power the largest forest carbon projects in the US.  Now Max serves as the COO of NCX and helps connect American forest owners with net-zero pioneers like Microsoft.  Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Max earned a degree in computer science from Yale.

Mira Rapp-Hooper

Senior Fellow

Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School


Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper is a political scientist and expert on security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her field of expertise includes Asia security issues, deterrence, nuclear strategy and policy, and alliance politics. She is currently a senior fellow for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center. 

She holds a B.A. in history from Stanford University and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Previously she worked at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) as a senior fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program, and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a fellow and as director of CSIS’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. 

Dr. Rapp-Hooper was also Asia Policy Coordinator for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. She was a Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow, and is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission and an Associate Editor with the International Security Studies Forum. 

She has published in Political Science Quarterly, Security Studies, Survival (academic), The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, and the Washington Quarterly (press). She is a regular journalistic source on Asia issues and has provided expert analysis to the New York Times,  The Washington Post, NPR, and the BBC.  Her book Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances (Harvard University Press, 2020) analyzes the history of and the current challenges to the United States’ system of alliances. Her second book, An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order, co-authored with Rebecca Lissner, is forthcoming with Yale University Press.

Reid Pauly

Dean’s Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy

Brown University


Reid Pauly is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Brown University and the Dean’s Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He writes and teaches about coercion, plausible deniability, nuclear strategy and proliferation, and wargaming.

Prior to joining the Brown faculty, Reid was a Stanton postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, a predoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Research Associate at the RAND Corporation.

Reid is working on a book about “credible coercive assurance”—why targets of coercion believe that they will not be punished after they comply with a demand. His writing has been published in International Security, International Studies Quarterly, The Nonproliferation Review, Texas National Security Review, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks.

Reid has a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Security Studies Program, and a BA from Cornell University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Stuart Reid

Managing Editor

Foreign Affairs Magazine


Stuart Reid is an executive editor at Foreign Affairs magazine. He has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

He is currently at work on a book about the 1960s Congo crisis, to be published by Pantheon Books.

Megan Reiss

National Security Policy Advisor

Office of Senator Mitt Romney


Megan Reiss is the National Security Policy Advisor for Senator Mitt Romney.

Previously she was a Senior National Security Fellow for the R Street Institute, a senior editor of Lawfare, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s  Antonin Scalia Law School.  

Megan joined R Street from the office of Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), for whom she was a senior national security fellow. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford  University, a master of laws in international criminal justice and armed conflict from the University of Nottingham School of Law and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Brett Rosenberg

Associate Director of Policy

National Security Action


Brett Rosenberg served as Associate Director of Policy at National Security Action. Prior to this role, she was a legislative aide to then-Senator Kamala D. Harris. Her recent writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic. Brett received her B.A. from Harvard and her PhD from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Samuel Semwangu


Bazze and Company, Inc.


Sammy served in the intelligence community for nearly a decade before graduating from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with an M.A. in economics  and international studies.  

Sammy is the founder and CEO of Bazze & Co., a startup that provides an SaaS intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platform to U.S. government organizations, and cofounder of the U.S. Civilian Corps, a non-profit that enables more Americans to serve.

Ben Taub

Staff Writer

The New Yorker


Ben Taub has written for The New Yorker about jihadism, crime, conflict, climate change, exploration, and human rights, on four continents and at sea. His recent works have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, a National Magazine Award, two consecutive George Polk Awards, a Livingston Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and other honors. He studied philosophy at Princeton and journalism at Columbia.

Torrey Taussig

Research Director

Harvard Kennedy School


Dr. Torrey Taussig is the Research Director for the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and the American Secretaries of State Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe. 

In 2018-19, Taussig was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow based in Berlin, Germany, where she served as a foreign policy advisor in the German Bundestag and in the Transatlantic Division of the German Foreign Office. During that time, she researched and published on U.S.-Europe relations, German foreign policy and transatlantic cooperation on China.

Taussig is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Advisory Council of the U.S.-Europe Alliance. Her research focuses on transatlantic relations, great power competition, and authoritarian challenges to democratic states and institutions.

Previously, Taussig held pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the Brookings Institution. In this capacity, she led the Brookings Foreign Policy Program’s Democracy Working Group and the “Democracy and Disorder” publication series launched in 2018. She also held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. 

Taussig received a master’s and a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s in political science and economics from Williams College.

Rebecca Turkington

Gates Cambridge Scholar

University of Cambridge


Rebecca Turkington is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and PhD Candidate in History at Cambridge University. Prior to returning to school, she was the Assistant Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, and program manager at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security where, as part of its founding team, she led the Institute’s research on countering violent extremism and contributed to flagship reports on gender and transitional justice and women’s participation in peace negotiations.

Rebecca previously worked on women’s political participation in transitional democracies at the National Democratic Institute, the Women in Public Service Project, and as an intern at the Moroccan Ministry of Interior. She has a BA in International Relations/History from Wellesley College, where she was a Madeleine K. Albright Fellow, and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

Her writing has been published by the West Point CTC Sentinel, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, War on the Rocks, Mediterranean Politics, and OpenDemocracy, and she sits on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Stephen Wertheim

Director of Grand Strategy

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft


Stephen Wertheim is a historian and analyst of U.S. foreign policy. He is a Senior Fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School.

He has published scholarly research on U.S. ideas and projects of diplomatic engagement, international law, world organization, colonial empire, and humanitarian intervention. In his book, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy (Harvard University Press, 2020), he reveals how U.S. leaders made a decision early in World War II to pursue global military dominance in perpetuity.

Stephen regularly writes about current events. His essays have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. In 2020, Prospect magazine named him one of “the world’s 50 top thinkers for the Covid-19 age,” a designation that looks more and more dubious each time he loses his phone around the house.

He was previously the Director of Grand Strategy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a think-tank he co-founded in 2019. He has also held faculty positions at Columbia University and Birkbeck, University of London, and postdoctoral research fellowships at King’s College, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University.

Stephen received a PhD in History from Columbia University in 2015 and an AB summa cum laude in History from Harvard University in 2007.