The Catholic University of America


About Politics             |             Degree Programs             |             Faculty             |             Student Life

Politics Faculty

Nicholas Dujmovic – Clinical Professor


 Nicholas Dujmovic is a clinical assistant professor of politics and the director of the University’s new program in intelligence studies. He came to Catholic University after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency in June 2016 with 26 years of service as an intelligence officer as well as 14 years in the United States Coast Guard. 

Professor Dujmovic teaches an introductory course on American intelligence and an upper-level course focusing on the issues that arise when intelligence activities are conducted by a democracy. He coordinates the inclusion of other intelligence-related courses at the University toward an undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies.

Professor Dujmovic brings a wealth of personal experience to the study of intelligence. He joined CIA in 1990 as an analyst on the USSR and East Europe, and later was a speechwriter for the Director of Central Intelligence, editor of the President’s Daily Brief, and a manager of analysts working on Southeast Asian issues.  Dr. Dujmovic was a member of the CIA History Staff for eleven years, from 2005 to 2016, where he also served on the editorial board of the journal Studies in Intelligence and directed the Oral History program.  Most of his historical work at CIA was classified, but his unclassified work on Agency operations, culture, and historiography has appeared in various books and journals.  He also taught a graduate seminar on intelligence at American University from 2013 to 2015.

He is a deacon of the Orthodox Church and serves the Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Virginia.



Selected Publications


"Tech Stars on the Wall:  The Human Cost of Intelligence Technology."  International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (2018)
“Hearts and Minds: The CIA as White Hats in the Cold War.” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (Spring 2016).

“Ronald Reagan, Intelligence, and CIA: A Reappraisal.” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (Spring 2013).

“Bonum Ex Malo: The Value of Legacy of Ashes in Teaching CIA History,” in Christopher Moran, ed., Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography since 1945 (Edinburgh University Press, February 2013).

“Drastic Actions Short of War: The Origins and Application of CIA’s Covert Paramilitary Function in the Early Cold War.” Journal of Military History (July 2012).

“Amnesia to Anamnesis: Commemoration of the Dead at CIA.” Studies in Intelligence (September 2008).

“Extraordinary Fidelity: Two CIA Prisoners in China.” Studies in Intelligence (2006).

The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage & Intelligence (Yale University Press, 2004).


Selected Presentations


“The CIA Memorial Wall,” for the Intelligence Studies Section panel “Heroism, Sacrifice, and Memory in the Spy World,” at the International Studies Association conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 16 March 2016.

“The Case for Alternative Histories, by a Historian,” DOXACON conference, Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C., 14 November 2015.

“U.S. Intelligence During the Falklands War,” U.S. Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama, 9 September 2015; and U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, December 8, 2014.

“The Origins of CIA’s Paramilitary Function,” U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, September 4, 2014.

“The History of CIA Covert Action,” National War College, Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013.

“Interrogation in CIA History.” National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, September 8, 2012.

“Science and Technology at CIA.” Department of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University, September 3, 2012.

“Ethical Dilemmas in Intelligence.” Strategic Intelligence program, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, April 5, 2012

Chaired panel “Reagan’s Use of Intelligence” at the conference on “Ronald Reagan, Intelligence, and the End of the Cold War,” Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, November 2, 2011.

“Evil Geniuses, Incompetent Dolts: How CIA is Portrayed in Popular Culture.” S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, October 5, 2010.


Office: 422C Law School
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Telephone: (202) 319-5272



  • POL 111 – Introduction to American Politics
  • POL 260 – Introduction to American Intelligence
  • POL 471 – Issues in Contemporary U.S. Intelligence



Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University – Ph.D., 1996

Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University – M.A.L.D., 1986

U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT – B.S., 1980


Areas of Expertise

  • Intelligence Studies
  • US intelligence history and historiography
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Covert action
  • CIA culture and commemoration
  • Accountability of intelligence