Kelly M. Greenhill

KELLY M. GREENHILL is an Associate Professor (with tenure) at Tufts University and a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center. Much of Greenhill's research focuses on the use of military force and what are frequently called "new security challenges," including civil wars; the use of forced migration as a weapon; intervention and (counter-) insurgency; and international crime as a challenge to domestic governance. She holds a Ph.D. and an S.M. from M.I.T., a C.S.S. from Harvard University, and a B.A. (with distinction and highest honors) in Political Economy and in Scandinavian Studies (double major) from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Tufts, she held pre- and/or post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford University's Center for Security and Cooperation, at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and at Harvard University's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

Professor Greenhill is author of Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion and Foreign Policy (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs), which is recipient of the 2011 International Studies Association’s Best Book of the Year Award;and co-author and co-editor (with Peter Andreas) of Sex, Drugs and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict (Cornell University Press.) Greenhill’s research has also appeared in a variety of other venues, including in the journals International Security, Security Studies, Civil Wars, and International Migration, in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the British Broadcasting Company, and in briefs prepared for the U.S. Supreme Court and other organs of the U.S. government. She is currently at work on a new book, a cross-national study that explores why, when, and under what conditions, contested sources of political information—such as rumors, conspiracy theories, myths and propaganda—materially influence the development and conduct of states’ foreign and defense policy.

Greenhill's research has been supported in part by the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Eisenhower Foundation and the Neubauer Foundation. She also currently serves as Chair of the Conflict, Security and Public Policy Working Group at Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Outside of academia, Greenhill has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation and to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as a defense program analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, and as an economic policy intern in the Office of Senator John F. Kerry.