Bethany L. McGann serves as the research and project manager for the RESOLVE Network—the research component of USIP’s countering violent extremism team within the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation.
McGann joined USIP in 2014 after two years working on programs and stakeholder engagement at the World Justice Project. Her prior experiences include serving as an election monitor in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea and working in the political and economic sections at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji.
McGann’s research focuses on issues of hybrid security governance and non-state actors, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She contributed the Africa paper for the 2019 West Point Student Conference on U.S. Affairs, and her most recent personal research on non-state actors’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles was cited in New America’s 2019 Annual Terrorism Assessment.
Bethany holds a master’s in security policy studies from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a bachelor’s in government and international affairs from Smith College.