Melissa K. Griffith

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Comparative Politics

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Personal Statement: 

Melissa K. Griffith is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in cybersecurity, international relations, foreign policy, and security studies. 

Griffith's dissertation investigates how relatively small countries, with limited resources, have become significant providers of national cyber-defense for their populations. Her work sheds important light on the components and dynamics of cyber power and cyber conflict, as well as the vital role that public-private cooperation and both security and economic policy play in cyber-defense.  Concurrent research projects on cybersecurity examine (1)  industrial policy targeting the maintenance and development of domestic cybersecurity capabilities and (2) how the EU can better bolster cyberdefense for its own institutions and its member states. 
Griffith’s published work has appeared in 'Business and Politics' and 'the Council on Foreign Relations'. In addition to political science specific conferences, she has presented her work for the World Affairs Council, the Research Institute on the Finnish Economy (ETLA), the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA), the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), and Sift Science Resources. 

Griffith is currently an Affiliated Researcher for the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) and a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University's Institute for International Science & Technology Policy (IISTP). Previously, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Institute on the Finnish Economy (ETLA) in Helsinki, Finland from 2017-2018 and a Visiting Researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium in Fall 2017. 

Griffith 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). She was an English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan with the Fulbright Program from 2012-2013. 


Dissertation Committee: Vinod Aggarwal (chair), Ron Hassner, Michaela Mattes, Steven Weber.


Area Specialization: 
Primary Subfield: 
International Relations
Secondary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Western Europe