Ryan Dukeman is a Ph.D. student in American Politics, focusing on congressional and executive institutions in US foreign policy. He is interested in historical institutionalism in the governance of American foreign policy, and seeks to use mixed-methods approaches, particularly the creation of original datasets in areas of qualitative focus, to understand the structures that produce American foreign policy with an eye towards their reform.
Ryan's work is informed by his previous experience as a founding member of the Center for Analytics at the State Department, where he was a consultant working on data-driven diplomacy and producing foreign policy analytics for the Secretary of State. His work creating the Secretary's Digital Tripbook, a briefing tool used daily by US national security leadership, earned an innovation award from the Office of the Secretary of State. He has also worked as a research assistant at the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, producing original datasets and reports on congressional human capital.
Ryan graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs in 2017. His thesis, "Legislative Diplomacy: The Impact of Congressional Reform on the Role of Congress in Foreign Policy, 1970-2015" (advised by Prof. Julian Zelizer), earned the Richard H. Ullman Prize for Best Thesis in US Foreign Policy.