Monica Duffy Toft

Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School

Professor Monica Duffy Toft is Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Previously, Monica was Professor of Strategy for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. She taught at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she directed the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and was the assistant director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. She was educated at the University of Chicago (MA and PhD in political science) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (BA in political science and Slavic languages and literature, summa cum laude). Prior to this, she spent four years in the United States Army as a Russian linguist.

Monica’s areas of research include international security, ethnic and religious violence, civil wars and demography. Her most recent books include: Securing the Peace (Princeton, 2011); Political Demography (with Jack Goldstone and Eric Kaufmann, Oxford, 2012); and God’s Century (with Daniel Philpott and Timothy Shah, Norton, 2012).

In addition she has published numerous scholarly articles and editorials on civil wars, territory and nationalism, demography, and religion in global politics. Her article Islamists and Nationalists: Rebel Motivation and Counterinsurgency in Russia's North Caucasus co-authored with Yuri Zhukov was published in the American Political Science Review in May 2015. Her most recent opinion pieces are on religious fundamentalism and women's equality in the Huffington Post and on the importance of identity politics for Iraq's security at Project Syndicate, a column that appeared in 19 publications in five different languages. Monica can also be found on Twitter @mduffytoft.

Affiliations: Monica was a Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, supernumerary fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, a Global Scholar of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, 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.

Professor Monica Toft is interviewed on the complexity of the civil war in Syria
BBC World Service - Friday, 19 February, 2016
Professor Monica Toft quoted regarding the ceasefire efforts in Syria
The Guardian - Sunday, 14 February, 2016
Prof Monica Duffy Toft co-authors a piece on coercion in conflict
Washington Post - Tuesday, 5 May, 2015
An article exploring the political-religious nature of Israeli-Palestinian conflict seeks comment from Prof Monica Toft
Huffington Post (USA) - Thursday, 20 November, 2014
Prof Monica Toft reflects upon the threat by fundamentalist religious groups to women’s rights and equality
Cornerstone blog - Georgetown University - Thursday, 6 November, 2014
Understanding identity politics is essential for Iraq's security, says Monica Toft
Project Syndicate - Wednesday, 5 November, 2014
Blog by Prof Monica Duffy Toft about the importance of political demography.
New Security Beat - Monday, 11 August, 2014
Monica Toft explains her latest research on territorial conflict
Slate Magazine - Friday, 28 March, 2014