Dr. Montgomery McFate is a cultural anthropologist who works on defense and national security issues. Currently, she is the Minerva Chair at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Formerly, she was the Senior Social Scientist for the US Army's Human Terrain System. She has held positions at a variety of think tanks, including RAND and the Institute for Defense Analyses.
She also worked at the US Navy's Office of Naval Research, where she was awarded a Distinguished Public Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy. She has served on the Army Science Board and the Defense Science Board, and was an instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. McFate received a B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her PhD dissertation concerned British counterinsurgency in Northern Ireland.
She has published in such journals as Journal of Conflict Studies, Military Review and Joint Forces Quarterly. Additionally, she was one of the primary contributors to Army Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency.
She is a native of Marin County, California.