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Melissa Griffith

Public Policy Fellow


August 5, 2019 — December 20, 2019

Professional affiliation

PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley

Wilson Center Projects

The Mice that Roar: The Pursuit of National Defense in Cyberspace

Full Biography

Melissa K. Griffith is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). Her doctoral research lies at the intersection of security and technology, with a focus on national defense in cyberspace. Her broader research interests include cybersecurity, digitalization, transatlantic relations, and small states’ national defense postures. 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’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'. She 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).

Major Publications

  • “A comprehensive security approach: bolstering Finnish cybersecurity capacity” Journal of Cyber Policy, Vol 3, Issue 3 (2019): 407-429. Earlier version published as a BASC Working Paper.
  • “International Security and the Strategic Dynamics of Cyberspace” with Adam Segal analyzing the state of International Relations and International Security research on cyber conflict for Columbia University SIPA and the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) (Fall 2018).
  • “Task Force Report on Strengthening the EU’s Cyber Defence Capabilities” for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) (November 26, 2018). Main author.