Melissa K. Griffith

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Personal Statement: 

Melissa K. Griffith is Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and cybersecurity. Her dissertation investigates how small countries, with limited resources, have become significant providers of national cyber defense for their populations. Her fieldwork focuses on Nordic and Baltic states’ individual (acquisition of domestic cyber-capabilities) and collective (cooperation with alliances and international institutions) defense postures. A concurrent research project examines why cybersecurity specific language has been added to a number of American mutual defense treaties with allied countries, such as NATO and the U.S.-Japan alliance. Griffith’s published work has appeared in Business and Politics and the Council on Foreign Relations. Outside of academic conferences, she has presented her work for the World Affairs Council.  She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College (2011) and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2014). Griffith was an English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan with the Fulbright Program from 2012-2013.

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Vinod Aggarwal
Area Specialization: 
Primary Subfield: 
International Relations
Secondary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Western Europe