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Melissa K. Griffith, Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center, and a PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

Melissa Griffith

Melissa K. Griffith is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley working at the intersection between technology and national security. 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.  Griffith’s published work has appeared in the 'American Institute for Contemporary German Studies', 'Business and Politics', 'the 'Centre for European Policy Studies', the 'Council on Foreign Relations', the 'Cyber Conflict Studies Association', and the 'Journal of Cyber Policy'.  Griffith is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and an Affiliated Researcher for the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) in Berkeley, CA. She was 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 B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College (2011) and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2014). 


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