Luke Schumacher

Luke is a political science Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia, where he studies international relations and U.S. grand strategy. Following six years of active-duty service as a U.S. Army intelligence officer anchored around the Indo-Pacific, he continues service in the Army Reserves.

His active-duty career concluded as an infantry brigade’s senior intelligence officer during an evaluation at the National Training Center. Previously, Luke was the senior intelligence officer for an infantry battalion throughout a four-month deployment to Southeast Asia and during a monthlong exercise with the Indian Army. He began his career in South Korea, first in a helicopter battalion and later as the executive officer of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, where he supervised the Korean Armistice and negotiated with North Koreans. He later deployed to Afghanistan with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, where he targeted violent extremists.

Luke earned a B.S. with honors from West Point, where he studied political science and Arabic, and an M.Phil with distinction in intellectual history at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Scholar. He is especially excited to mentor applicants intending to study history or political science in graduate school.