The CGS Fellows program supports one predoctoral and one postdoctoral fellow in residence at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. The Center is particularly interested in scholars who are engaging with the fundamental questions surrounding grand strategy: How should the national interest be defined? What are the threats to the national interest? How should the United States use its power in response? We invite scholars of political science, history, and other relevant disciplines to apply for the fellowships.
CGS is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 Fellowships. Please see the advertisement for next year’s positions for more information and instructions on how to apply.
2020-21 CGS Fellows
Celeste Ward Gventer
Gventer, the 2020-21 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, most recently taught public policy and writing at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas (UT). In the preceding years, she worked as a consultant on defense organization, management, and institution building in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. From 2007 to 2009, Celeste served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations Capabilities in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She joined the Defense Department after her second tour in Iraq, where she was the political-military advisor to the Multinational Corps-Iraq commander from 2005-2006. She also worked in Iraq in 2003-2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority. Gventer has worked as a Senior Defense Analyst at RAND, as Special Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department, as a Strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as a Defense Analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stanford University, a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a PhD in History from UT. She is the recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal, the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
Kuo, the 2020-21 Predoctoral Fellow at the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the George Washington University. His research focuses on military effectiveness, innovation, and defense policy. He holds an MA in International Affairs and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in International Affairs and Religion from the George Washington University.
Past CGS Fellows
Lee, the 2019-20 CGS Postdoctoral Fellow, studies international security and institutions with a regional focus on East Asia. His book project examines the origins and evolution of the U.S. bilateral alliance network in Asia, drawing on insights from the literature on social choice theory, asymmetrical bargaining, organizational effectiveness, and institutional evolution. His research has also been supported by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Center for International Security Studies, and the East Asian Studies Program at Princeton University.
Ralston, the 2019-20 CGS Predoctoral Fellow, is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, he will be the Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Postdoctoral Fellow with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and Security Studies Program, MIT. Ralston broadly studies international security, grand strategy, and civil-military relations, with a specific focus on the domestic politics of great power politics and the politics of military service. His methodological interests include automated text analysis, content analysis, and survey design. Ralston’s dissertation examines the politics of international decline and “declinism.”