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Meg K Guliford, PhD

Meg K. Guliford, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Politics
Office: 3025 MacAlister


  • PhD, International Relations, Tufts University, 2022
  • Master in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Communications, University of Pennsylvania, 2001

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Political Violence
  • Conflict Processes
  • Foreign Policy
  • Sports and Politics
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Descriptive Research


Meg K. Guliford is an Assistant Professor in Drexel University's Department of Politics. Prior to coming to Drexel, she served as a Vice-Provost for Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she was in residence at Perry World House. Guliford’s broad research agenda reflects her interests in political violence, conflict processes, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the international politics of athletics. Her teaching includes courses focused on international relations, violence against civilians in armed conflict, and military intervention.

Her current research, including her first book manuscript, seeks to identify the determinants of civilian victimization by states during civil war in the aftermath of external intervention. Guliford’s research has been funded by the United States Institute of Peace, the Eisenhower Institute, and the John Anson Kittredge Fund. During her doctoral studies, she was named a Minerva Peace and Security Scholar and an Eisenhower-Roberts Fellow. More recently, she is the recipient of the 2021 Sidney D. Drell Academic Award from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. Guliford, along with three co-Principal Investigators, leads the APSA-funded Descriptive Research Workshop, which highlights this research as a method and a tool of social scientific inquiry.

Guliford received her PhD in International Relations from Tufts University, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, she worked in the national security and intelligence community for more than a decade, including a civilian deployment in support of United States Forces-Iraq.