Melissa K. Griffith

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 current book project investigates how relatively small countries, with limited resources, have become significant providers of national cyber-defense for their populations alongside far larger states such as the U.S. 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) smaller states and power in international politics.

Griffith holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley; and a B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College. She was an English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan with the Fulbright Program from 2012-2013.

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