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A well known cultural anthropologist, Dr. Montgomery McFate has spent the bulk of her career in the service of various military organizations and think tanks. Garnering attention in recent years for contributing to the development of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System, McFate has focused her efforts on applying social science to military issues. Dr. McFate’s work in the field has earned her many awards, including the Roosevelt Science Award from the Navy League of New York, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Secretary of the Navy, and a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Defense Policy. McFate’s scholarly work also garnered a variety of grants, such as the Smith-Richardson International Security Grant, the Mellon Foundation Research Grant, and the Council on West European Studies Grant. In addition to her work with a variety of defense organizations — such as the Office of Naval Research, the Institute of Defense Analyses, and the U.S. Army — Montgomery McFate remains active in the scholarly field. She has presented her work at a variety of conferences and educational institutions across the globe, including Dartmouth University, the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Department of State. McFate holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Anthropology from Yale University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is currently the Minerva Chair at the Naval War College.

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Minerva Chair

Naval War College

Montgomery McFate


Juris Doctorate

Harvard Law School