Brent Durbin

Brent Durbin is assistant professor at Smith College, where he teaches courses in U.S. foreign policy, strategic intelligence, military conflict and culture, and international relations. His research interests span these topics, with a particular focus on the organizational dynamics of national security bureaucracies. He is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the politics of U.S. intelligence reform.

Brent earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has held research fellowships at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), the University of California’s Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge.

Prior to joining the Smith faculty, Brent taught in the public policy program at Stanford University. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and as an advisor and senior staff member on several campaigns for U.S. Congress.