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Monica Duffy Toft

Professor of International Politics
Director of the Center for Strategic Studies

Monica Duffy Toft

Professor of International Politics
Director of the Center for Strategic Studies
  • Ph.D., Political Science, The University of Chicago
  • M.A., Political Science, The University of Chicago
  • B.A., Political Science and Slavic Languages and Literature, University of California
  • Diploma, A.A., General Curriculum, University of Maryland, European Division, Germany
  • Diploma, Russian basic course, Defense Language Institute, U.S. Army, Texas

Monica Duffy Toft is a professor of international politics and director of the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. Before joining Fletcher, Professor Monica Duffy Toft taught at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, 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 (M.A. and Ph.D. in political science) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 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" (Oxford, 2012); and "God’s Century" (Norton, 2012). In addition she has published numerous scholarly articles and editorials on civil wars, territory and nationalism, demography, and religion in global politics. Monica can also be found on Twitter @monicaduffytoft.

Affiliations: Monica is a research associate of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a 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 and the Political Instability Task Force. In 2008 the Carnegie Foundation of New York named her a Carnegie scholar for her research on religion and violence, in 2012 she was named a Fulbright scholar, and most recently served as the World Politics Fellow at Princeton University.

Areas of expertise
International Security
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution