Amy Kramer is a recent Duke graduate and Robertson Scholar with majors in Public Policy and Political Science. She just returned from China where she earned her Masters in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. Amy is passionate about studying the strategic security benefits of gender equality and focused her Master’s thesis on Chinese female peacekeepers in the United Nations.
While at Duke, Amy built on her experiences as a Cadet in Army ROTC and completed her senior honors thesis on the impact of female leadership in Army ROTC programs. Her results helped improve the ROTC environment for female Cadets nationwide. She also worked with U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox and helped develop a new national ROTC diversity strategy. 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 also a member of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy Undergraduate Council and was the principal bassoonist in the Duke Symphony Orchestra. She participated in 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 also worked as a research assistant in the Duke Office of Government Relations and gave campus tours on behalf of the Duke University Undergraduate Admissions Office. While living in Beijing, Amy also worked closely with Duke Kunshan University on a strategic review of their academic curriculum.
Amy was elected young trustee by the undergraduate student body in 2018, and served as an observer to the Board in 2018-2019. A voting member in 2019-2020, Amy is a member of the Resources Committee.