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A Harvard Kennedy School associate professor has received a Fulbright Scholarship for 2012-13. Monica Duffy Toft joins the ranks of heads of state, judges, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers – including 43 Nobel Prize winners.
The Fulbright Scholarship program, administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, is intended to enrich the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of countries around the world. Past scholars have included former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and former U.S. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
"The Fulbright award will support my research on demography, conflict dynamics and international security," said Toft. "I would be hosted at PRIO, the International Peace Research Institute, in Oslo, Norway, working with researchers affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Civil War."
The core focus of her research is a historical and statistical examination of the interaction of demographic factors and their impact on political conflict and violence in India. Certain types of demographic shifts have been claimed to make states more susceptible to political violence. This project addresses the interaction of two such shifts: 1 - age structure transitions leading to a high proportion of young people relative to the overall population (‘youth bulges’); and 2 - differential population growth between religious and ethnic groups.
Toft’s research interests include religion and politics, nationalism and ethnic conflict, civil and interstate wars, the relationship between demography and national security, international relations theory, and military and strategic planning.
A 2008 Carnegie Scholar, she is the author of "Securing The Peace: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars" (Princeton University Press, 2009), "The Geography of Ethnic Conflict: Identity, Interests, and Territory" (Princeton University Press, 2003).
Toft was a research intern at the RAND Corporation and served in the U.S. Army in southern Germany as a Russian voice interceptor. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Science and Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Santa Barbara.