“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Dr. Karalekas is a 2018-2019 Associate of the Applied History Project. With a dual career in business and as an historian, she has held management and executive positions with McKinsey & Co., the Washington Post, and Microsoft, and she is currently writing the first full-scale biography of Robert A. Lovett, the statesman and financier. She is the recipient of the Truman Library Institute's 2018 biennial Scholar's Award.
Dr. Karalekas is the author of the first published history of the Central Intelligence Agency, which has remained a basic and widely cited source since its release by the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities (the Church Committee).
She has served as a Director of DigitalGlobe, Inc. and as a Trustee of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Karalekas was educated at Wheaton College (A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, in European History) and Harvard University (A.M. in Modern European History and Ph.D. in Twentieth Century Diplomatic History). She studied with Ernest R. May.Last Updated: Sep 24, 2018, 10:10am