My name is Margaret "Peggy" McWeeney. I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. I am also a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Research Fellow at the Third World Studies Center at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University. My research focuses on the effects of rebel governance and state accommodations both in and out of civil war. Currently, leveraging a novel time-series dataset of rebel nonviolence, I am working on understanding the impacts of rebel nonviolence, military/civilian relations, and learning a great deal from a case study in the Philippines. I also am continuing to work on an article conceptualizing rebel legitimacy and co-authoring a piece on the social foundations of rebel groups. I am a proud member of Visions in Methodology (VIM), The Society for Political Methodology (SPM), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Studies Association (ISA), and the Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG).
I have recently taught GVPT 282 Politics of Developing Nations, GVPT 200 International Relations Theory, and believe it or not, I took my comprehensive exams in American politics as well and teach GVPT 170 Introduction to American Government.
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I'm a Maryland and D.C. native (lived in both off and on throughout my life). Go O's and Caps!
Background & Expertise
Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Research Fellow
August 2019 - May 2020: University of the Philipplines, Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University
August 2017 - May 2018: Assistant to Dr. Kathleen Cunningham (UMD) and Dr. Jessica Braithwaite (U Arizona)
August 2014 - May 2015: Assistant to Dr. Kathleen Cunningham
January 2015 - June 2015: Assistant to Dr. Paul K. Huth
January 2020: Lecturer for Introduction to American Government and Politics
July 2019: Lecturer for Government and Politics 200 International Relations Theory
January 2019: Lecturer for Government and Politics 200 International Relations Theory
August 2018 - December 2018: TA for Scope and Methods for Political Science Research
July 2018: Lecturer for Government and Politics 200 International Relations Theory
January 2018: Lecturer for Government and Politics 282 Politics of Developing Nations
August 2015 - May 2017: Associate Director Undergraduate Scholars Program
August 2013 - December 2013: Lecturer for Government and Politics 200 International Relations Theory
PUBLIC POLICY EXPERIENCE
June 2018 - Present: Consultant and Program Support at National Security Team at Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University
January 2012 - August 2013: Program Support Specialist at the Center for Strategic Management Public Leadership Institute (Government Consulting Non-Profit)
"Education is what remains after one has [experienced] what one has learned in school." - Albert Einstein
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK
August 2013 - Present
Concentrations: Conflict, Comparative Politics, International Relations
Dissertation: How Rebels Get What They Want: Examining the Effects of Violence and Nonviolence on State Concessions and Post-concession Peace.
University of Maryland Graduate School's Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award 2018
August 2009 - December 2010
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Master of Arts in International Relations Summa Cum Laude
Advanced Certificate in Global Information, Technology, Policy, and Management
August 2005 - May 2009
Chancellor's Full Scholarship Award
Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude
Syracuse University's Chancellor's Public Engagement Award
Syracuse University Community Research Fellowship
Renée Crown Honors Program
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