Eric Greitens Ph.D.
Eric Greitens is a 1992 graduate of North High. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University where he graduated with a degree in ethics and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford from 1996 through 2000. There he earned a master's degree in development studies in 1998, and a doctorate in politics in 2000.
His research was driven by his humanitarian work in war zones, and his thesis, 'Children First', investigated the ways in which international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Croatia, Rwanda, Zaire, the Gaza Strip, Albania, Cambodia, (Chiapas) Mexico, Bolivia, and India. His award-winning documentary photographs were featured in the book, 'Community Strategies for Healing,' and his published photographs and writings have clarified for millions of people across the globe the sad plight of children in these poverty-stricken and war-torn areas.
Eric has also served as a United States Navy SEAL officer during the war on terrorism. He has served as the Commander of a Mark V Detachment, responsible for leading two Special Operations Craft and 20 men in the conduct of operations against known terrorists. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he conducted operations to support the capture of terrorist leadership. His next assignment will be as the Task Unit Commander for all Naval Special Warfare Boat Forces in CENTCOM.
While at Duke University, Eric was the chairman and founder of the Mayor's University Advisory Council for the mayor of Durham, N.C. He was chairman of the Duke University Honor Council and served as the editor-in-chief for an academic journal. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named to the USA Today All-USA academic first team.
His athletic achievements include a gold medal at the BUSA National Boxing Championships and, as a member of the US Navy's Regional Marathon Team, qualification for the Boston Marathon. He is currently completing his first novel, Boxing Alone.