Julia Macdonald is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies (on leave 2016-17). Julia’s research lies at the intersection of international security and political psychology and explores the role of pyschological variables in explaining state threat assessments, use of force decisions, and U.S. military strategy and effectiveness. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Armed Forces and Society, as well as in various policy outlets. Previously, Julia was a pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Stanton Nuclear Security fellow in the Security Studies Program at MIT. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the George Washington University, an M.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. During her year at the Perry World House, Julia will work on turning her dissertation into a book manuscript as well as completing a series of papers on the rise of unmanned weaponry.
Macdonald is now an assistant professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.