Assistant Director; International Studies
Upon entering the University of Maryland (UMD) in 2013, Peggy McWeeney began work on conflict and rebel legitimacy. Her dissertation examines why rebels invest in legitimacy, whether these strategies are effective in gaining state concessions in and out of civil war, and whether they are effective in decreasing political violence. Prior to attending UMD, she worked as a federal consultant focusing on issues pertaining to the U.S. intelligence community. McWeeney received her Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University in 2010. She has traveled extensively, engaging in development work in both South Africa and India. The Maryland native loves crab feasts, Orioles baseball and the beach.