Brent Durbin

Associate Professor of Government

Brent Durbin

Contact & Office Hours

On sabbatical 2018–19.

10 Prospect Street #106



Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

M.P.P., Harvard University

B.A., Oberlin College


Brent Durbin teaches courses in U.S. foreign policy, strategic intelligence, military conflict and culture, and international relations. He also directs Smith’s Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program. Durbins research centers on the political and organizational dynamics of U.S. national security, with a particular focus on the CIA. His book The CIA and the Politics of U.S. Intelligence Reform will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Durbin 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. He is co-director of the Bridging the Gap Project, which promotes connections between scholars and the broader foreign policy community.

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 adviser and senior staff member on several campaigns for U.S. Congress.