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Melissa K. Griffith

Director of Emerging Technology and National Security; Senior Program Associate

Professional affiliation

Non-Resident Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)
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Full Biography

Dr. Melissa K. Griffith is the Director of Emerging Technology and National Security and a Senior Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) 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 Professor at Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies (CSS). She works at the intersection between technology and national security with a specialization in cybersecurity, semiconductors, and 5G networks with a focus on national risk and resilience models. She also leads the Wilson Center's Technology Labs. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Griffith was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC); an Affiliated Researcher for the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC); a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University's Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP); a Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Institute on the Finnish Economy (ETLA) in Helsinki, Finland; and a Visiting Researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium. Griffith holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College.

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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.