Amy Kramer is a recent Duke graduate with majors in Public Policy and Political Science and concentrations in U.S. Foreign Policy and Security, Peace, & Conflict Studies. Building on her experiences as a Cadet in Army ROTC, Amy recently completed her senior honors thesis on the impact of female leadership in Army ROTC programs nationally (which has earned the Highest Distinction and Honors in both the Public Policy and Political Science departments). The U.S. Army plans to explore her thesis results more closely to improve the ROTC environment for female Cadets nationwide. She also recently worked with U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox and helped develop a new national diversity strategy in order to increase the number of African American, Latinx, and Asian officers in the U.S. Army. In the summer of 2016, she researched the role of women's empowerment in conflict resolution and interviewed female military and government leaders across four continents.
On campus, Amy was a member of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy Undergraduate Council and was the principal bassoonist in the Duke Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of several pre-professional women's organizations, including the Duke Association for Business Oriented Women and served as a Cohort Executive Officer in the Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative. Since graduating, Amy has been working as a research assistant in the Duke Office of Government Relations and has also been giving campus tours on behalf of the Duke University Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Amy is passionate about studying the strategic security benefits of gender equality. She plans to pursue a career related to consulting, strategy, and policy implementation within the national security and defense fields. She is a Duke Robertson Scholar and she will be earning her Masters in Global Affairs in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar.
Amy was elected young trustee by the undergraduate student body in 2018. She serves as a trustee observer for 2018-2019 and is an observer on the Resources Committee and the Activating the Global Network Task Force.