Melissa Griffith

University of California, Berkeley

Melissa K. Griffith is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in cybersecurity, international relations, foreign policy, and security studies. Ms. 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 cyber defense for its own institutions and its member states.

Ms. Griffith’s published work has appeared in Business and Politics and at the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to academic 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), and Sift Science Resources. Ms. Griffith holds a BA in International Relations from Agnes Scott College (2011) and an MA 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.

She is a 2018-2019 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

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