Melissa K. Griffith

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Dr. Melissa K. Griffith is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC); and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown's Center for Security Studies (CSS). She works at the intersection between technology and national security with a specialization in cybersecurity.

Griffith's book project builds 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 examine (1) the security implications of 5G; (2) collective defense and resilience in cyberspace; (3) emerging technologies and great power competition, and (4) power and smaller states in international politics.   

Griffith has published peer reviewed articles in the Journal of Cyber Policy and Business and Politics. As part of a larger effort to establish a cybersecurity field of study within the discipline of Political Science, she completed a review of current international security research on cyber conflict and security for the Cyber Conflict State of the Field (SOTF) paper series. 

Griffith has also published policy analysis for the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and her op-ed’s have been published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) (1)(2) and AICGS. In addition to Political Science specific conferences, Griffith has presented her work for the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Atlantic Council, 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.

Previously, Griffith was Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University in Spring and Summer 2020; an Affiliated Researcher for the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) from 2018-2019; a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University's Institute for International Science & Technology Policy (IISTP) in October 2018; 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 Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2020); an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2014); and a B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College (2011). She 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
Academic Advisors: 
Vinod Aggarwal
Ron Hassner
Steven Weber