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Peggy Office

Peggy Office

Me and Robbie at the McKeldin Mall

Me and Robbie at the McKeldin Mall

Conflict Workshop in The Philippines

Conflict Workshop in The Philippines

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Joining of the Indian and Atlantic O

Joining of the Indian and Atlantic O

Philippine Foreign Service Institute

Philippine Foreign Service Institute

Unable to size picture to get all three of us. Pictured with Hon. Amina Rasul-Bernardo and Prof. Zainab al-Suwaij. A true honor to serve with them.

India on Diwali

India on Diwali

Vineyard in South Africa

Vineyard in South Africa

First Day in Jaipur, India

First Day in Jaipur, India

Old quarry in Syracuse, NY

Old quarry in Syracuse, NY





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My name is Margaret "Peggy" McWeeney. I'm a VAP at Gettysburg College, a Fulbright Scholar, and recent Ph.D. graduate in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. My research focuses on the effects of rebel governance in conflict resolution. Eight years of mixed-methods research culminated in my dissertation, How Rebels Get What They Want.


My articles in the pipeline include 1) an article conceptualizing rebel legitimacy; 2) co-authoring a piece on the social foundations of rebel groups; and 3) the impact of rebel governance on global institutions. I have a specific focus on South and Southeast Asia and I am honored to learn from, promote, and collaborate with international scholars. 

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), the Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG), and the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA).

I have recently taught POL203B/GVPT 409B Race and International Relations, POL103/GVPT 200 International Relations Theory, Linear Regression II (TA, ICPSR U-Michigan), and GVPT 282 Politics of Developing Nations.


 I am an Americanist as well and teach POL101/GVPT 170 Introduction to American Government and POL 299 U.S. Judicial Processes. In American politics, I have ongoing consulting projects in counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, counterespionage, law enforcement strategic planning, and national security law. 

You can reach me at

You can download my data on rebel governance and codebook here


Background & Expertise


Visiting Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College, Political Science Department
August 2021 - Present

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park
August 2021 - December 2021

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 


Gettysburg Courses:

POL 203B - Race and International Relations

POL 103 - Introduction to International Relations

POL 203C - International Political Economy (Spring 2023)

POL 299 - American Judicial Processes

POL 101 - American Government

Teaching Assistant, Linear Regression II at University of Michigan Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

Summer 2021


January 2021: Lecturer for Race and International Relations

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


Data Scientist, Asymmetric Operations Sector (AOS) at Applied Physics Laboratory - Johns Hopkins University 

June 2018 - January 2020

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


August 2021 - Present

Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Courses: Intro to International Relations, Race and International Relations, Peace Processes for Armed Militias, International Political Economy (Spring 2023), American Government, and American Judicial Processes.


August 2013 - May 2021

Concentrations: Conflict, Comparative Politics, International Relations
Dissertation: How Rebels Get What They Want: Examining the Effects of Rebel Governance on Conflict Resolution
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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