Monica Duffy Toft joins BSG after having taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School for ten years. She was educated at the University of Chicago (MA and PhD in political science) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (BA in political science and Slavic languages and literature, summa cum laude). Prior to starting her undergraduate education, she spent four years in the United States Army as a Russian linguist. Monica is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Minorities at Risk Advisory Board, the Political Instability Task Force, and in 2008 the Carnegie Foundation of New York named her a Carnegie Scholar for her research on religion and violence. Most recently she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway for the 2012-2013 academic year (which she is deferring).
Monica’s areas of research include International security, ethnic and religious violence, civil wars and demography. Her most recent books include Population Change and National Security (with Jack Goldstone and Eric Kaufmann, Oxford, 2012), Rethinking Religion in World Affairs (with Alfred Stepan and Timothy Shah, Oxford, 2012), God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (with Daniel Philpott and Timothy Shah, Norton, 2011) and Securing the Peace (Princeton, 2010). In addition she has published numerous scholarly articles and editorials on civil wars and religion in global politics. Her most recent article, Denial and Punishment in the North Caucasus: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Coercive Counter-insurgency (with Yuri M Zhukov), appears in the latest edition of the Journal of Peace Research.