Julia Macdonald

Julia Macdonald

Address: Elliott School of International Affairs


Major — International Relations

Minor — Comparative Politics

Julia Macdonald is a fourth year doctoral student in Political Science at the George Washington University and a research and teaching fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. Julia's current research focuses on signaling and threat credibility during international crises. Her dissertation examines the means by which states communicate during crises and how different signaling mechanisms impact threat effectiveness. Additional research interests include gender and peacekeeping, civil-military relations, and the role of experts in foreign policy decision making. She is a recent alum of Columbia University's Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) and the Bridging the Gap Project's New Era Conference on Foreign Policy. Julia completed her undergraduate training in History and Philosophy in New Zealand and holds an MA (Honors) in International Relations from the University of Chicago. She worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Defense as a Policy Analyst and International Defense Relations Adviser for several years prior to joining the doctoral program at GWU.


M.A. University of Chicago, International Relations