Office: 10 Prospect Street #106 On Sabbatical Spring 2013
Brent Durbin 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 micro- and macro-level organizational dynamics of national security bureaucracies. He is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the politics of U.S. intelligence reform.
Durbin 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 Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), the University of California’s Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge.
Prior to joining the Smith faculty, Durbin taught in the public policy program at Stanford University. He also 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.