Geoffrey Macdonald, Ph.D. has served as IRI’s Bangladesh Program Director since December 2018. In this role, he oversees the design, implementation, evaluation, and financial management of projects on civil society capacity building, youth civic education, minority rights, political party strengthening, and countering violent extremism. Macdonald joined IRI in 2016 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then as Principal Researcher for Democracy and Governance.  

Macdonald has written and spoken widely on political and extremist violence, democratic design, conflict management, and South Asian and comparative politics. His writing has been published by the Journal of Democracy, the U.S. Institute of Peace, The Washington Post, the Council on Foreign Relations, and various other academic and policy outlets. He has taught political science at Grinnell College, George Washington university, and elsewhere. Macdonald holds a Ph.D. (2013) and M.A. from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University. He was awarded a Fulbright research scholarship to India in 2012-2013.

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