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Peter D. Feaver, Professor, Political Science

Peter D. Feaver
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Ph.D. Harvard University1990
A.M.Harvard University1986
B.A.Lehigh University1983

International Relations
Political Science/Government
Security, Peace, & Conflict
Research Interests: Security Studies, Civil-Military Relations and Nuclear Weapons

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is Professor of Political Science at Duke University and Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003),and co-author, with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force ( Princeton University Press, forthcoming). He is co-editor, with Richard H. Kohn, of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). And he is author of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He has published several other monographs and over thirty articles and book chapters on nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security. He won the Duke Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2001 and the Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994-95. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, the national security strategy review, and other defense policy issues. He is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve (IRR). He is married to Karen Feaver, and they have two children, a son and a daughter.


U.S. • Political Science • Military • National Security

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Nathaniel J. Harris  
  • Seth Cantey  
  • Daniel Krcmaric  
  • Andrew Bell  
  • Daniel Bessner  
  • Christopher Q. Barnett  
  • Eric B Lorber  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Feaver, PD; Brands, H; Lissner, RF; Porter, P, Correspondence: The establishment and U.S. grand strategy, International Security, vol. 43 no. 4 (April, 2019), pp. 197-204 [doi]
  2. Feaver, PD; Brands, H, The Establishment and US Grand Strategy, International Security, vol. 43 no. 4 (April, 2019), pp. 197-199, M I T PRESS
  3. Feaver, P, Too many leaks, Foreign Affairs, vol. 97 no. 6 (November, 2018), pp. 199-202
  4. Cohn, L; Coletta, D; Feaver, P, Civil-military relations, in The Oxford Handbook of International Security (April, 2018), pp. 711-725, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198777854 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Brands, H; Feaver, P, The case for Bush revisionism: Reevaluating the legacy of America‚Äôs 43rd president, Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 41 no. 1-2 (February, 2018), pp. 234-274, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs]