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Montgomery McFate

Minerva Chair
Naval War College

02844, United States

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A dedicated scholar with degrees from prestigious institutions, Montgomery McFate attended College of Marin and then University of California, Berkeley. During her tenure as an undergraduate, Dr. McFate received the highest honors in her school, college, and major, was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. Seeking to augment her passion for cultural understanding, she accepted admission into a graduate program at Yale University. While she was an PhD candidate, Montgomery McFate acted as Editor of the Yale University Journal of Student Anthropology and received the Smith-Richardson International Security Grant, among other distinctions. Her dissertation, Pax Britannica: British Counterinsurgency in Northern Ireland, 1969-1982 laid the groundwork for her later career as an anthropologist working within defense and government.

Dr. McFate subsequently enrolled at Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and graduated with a Juris Doctor. During law school, she was a clinical intern at the Drug Enforcement Task Squad at the US Attorney's Office and an Everett Fellow at Human Rights Watch. Following law school, she was a litigation associate at Baker & McKenzie. Today, Montgomery McFate works on applying socio-cultural knowledge to military issues. Formerly a Research Staff Member with the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses, she co-authored a portion of the US Army Counterinsurgency Field Manual and sat on the Army Science Board Root Causes of Terrorism panel. Dr. McFate also served as the Senior Social Scientist with the U.S. Army Human Terrain System (HTS) and helped the concept grow from a blueprint to a full-fledged program with 27 teams in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Her work in HTS earned mention in articles including “Brave Thinkers Who Are Shaping the Future: Montgomery McFate, Senior Social Scientist at the Human Terrain System,” in The Atlantic Monthly, “Women Prominent in Defense Movement” in the Washington Independent, and “Leading the Charge for Change” in the U.S. News & World Report. Presently at the Strategic Research Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College, Dr. McFate is working on issues pertaining to military governance and administration of foreign territory.



Montgomery McFate - Professional Experience: 


Naval War College
Minerva Chair
military academic
Newport, RI US
2010 — Present



Montgomery McFate - Education:  


Harvard Law School
Juris Doctorate
Cambridge, MA US
1994 — 1997

Yale University
1990 — 1994



Montgomery McFate - Interests:


Skiing, hiking, scuba diving, enjoying the Renaissance Faire.


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