Meg Guliford

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Meg Guliford

I am a 5th year PhD Candidate in International Relations at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. I study Security Studies and Comparative Politics. My primary research agenda focuses on how external intervention into civil wars affects civilian populations.

 

Research

Dissertation Project

Presence and Provision: Explaining the Effects of Intervention on Violence Against Civilians.

Working Paper

Explaining Civil War Non-Recurrence: An El Salvador Case Study

Working Paper

American Special Forces Training Interventions: Drivers of Success and Failure in Latin America

 

Publications

Even progressive academics can be racist. I’ve experienced it firsthand.

Guliford, Meg K., “Even Progressive Academics Can Be Racist…I’ve Experienced It Firsthand,” The Washington Post, September 11, 2018. 

Looking For A Gender Gap In The Army? Try The Army Chief Of Staff’s Reading List

Guliford, Meg K. and Erik J. Leklem, “Looking For A Gender Gap In The Army? Try The Army Chief Of Staff’s Reading List,” Task and Purpose, August 30, 2017. 

 

Teaching

Instructor of Record Experience

The Causes and Consequences of Military Intervention (Undergraduate Course) Department of Political Science, Tufts University, Spring 2018.

Teaching Assistant Experience

 

Civil Wars: Theory and Policy (Graduate Course) Professor Monica Toft, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Fall 2017 and Fall 2018.

The Use of Force in International Politics,” (Undergraduate Course) Professor Jeffrey Taliaferro, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Summer 2017 and Summer 2018.

Demography and National Security (Graduate Module) Professor Monica Toft, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Spring 2018.

Topics in International Relations and Security Policy,” (Graduate Module) Professor Monica Toft, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Spring 2017 and 2018.

Introduction to International Relations (Undergraduate Course) Professor Richard Eichenberg, Department of Political Science, Tufts University, Fall 2017

Introduction to International Relations (Undergraduate Course) Professor Michael Beckley, Department of Political Science, Tufts University, Spring 2017.

Introduction to International Relations (Undergraduate Course) Professor Kelly Greenhill, Department of Political Science, Tufts University, Fall 2016.

Civil-Military Relations (Graduate Course) Professor Antonia H. Chayes, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Fall 2015.

 

Selected Comments from Teaching Evaluations

Full evaluations available upon request

Engagement

Meg is a gifted leader of class discussions... Somehow most of the class is spent by students talking candidly about the readings or discussion topic, yet I always leave class feeling like I understand exactly what information Meg wanted us to cover in the class. I seriously don’t know how she does it—it’s like a Jedi mind trick! (Spring 2018)

Meg did an excellent job of leading discussion and really making us think about and understand the concepts we were grappling with. (Spring 2018)

She really fostered great discussion and was not afraid to challenge students on their ideas and make us think critically about what we were saying. (Spring 2018)

My TA – Meg – challenged us to think critically and choose our words carefully. Discussions were extensive and were incredibly provocative. (Fall 2017)

Enrichment

The way she ran this course has changed how I deal with all of my other classes. I critically analyze readings much more intensively and reach more comprehensive and deeper understandings of crucial themes. (Spring 2018)

I really appreciated that Meg designed the class syllabus to include many female scholars. (Spring 2018)

I now have a much greater understanding of the importance of definitions to the social sciences! (Spring 2018)

In recitation, Meg was great at pushing students to participate and engage with the subject matter, clarifying students' questions, and driving home the important information. (Spring 2017)

Encouragement

Though she is a tough cookie and won’t take any bullshit (this is a good thing), Meg can be really understanding and accommodating when the circumstances require it. (Spring 2018)

She pushed me to improve both my writing skills and oral presentation skills. She was a fair and timely grader and always offered solid feedback on my work. (Spring 2018)

Meg was an incredibly helpful TA who dedicated a huge amount of time to helping students and thoughtfully explaining difficult concepts. (Spring 2017)

Meg Guliford as a TA is amazing and truly wants her students to succeed in this class. (Spring 2017)

 

About

I’m a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Scholar. I am also a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a PhD Research Fellow at Tufts University’s Center for Strategic Studies.

I study Security Studies and Comparative Politics. In particular, I'm interested in examining how external intervention into civil wars affects civilian populations. The U.S. Institute of Peace, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, the Center for Strategic Studies, and the International Security Studies Program have supported my research.

I previously served as a Lecturer for the Tufts University Department of Political Science teaching a course self-designed course on military intervention. Prior to that teaching experience, I led 120+ Tufts undergraduate students in recitation sections over three semesters for Introduction to International Relations and was a teaching assistant for graduate courses on civil-military relations, civil wars, and international security policy.  

Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I worked as a Research Staff Member in the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Intelligence Analyses Division and for the Office of the Secretary of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. In 2009-2010, I completed a deployment to Iraq to work issues related to improvised explosive devices. My career in the federal government began as a Presidential Management Fellow for Headquarters, United States Marine Corps.

I’m a proud Kansan and am in the fourth generation of my family to be born and raised in Central Kansas. I hold B.A.s in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPP from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Aside from my academic pursuits, I enjoy weightlifting and live music while struggling to decipher the basics of men’s lacrosse.

 

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