Geoffrey Macdonald, Ph.D. is a Senior Advisor in the Asia Division, focusing on research and program strategy. From 2018-2022, Geoffrey was IRI’s Resident Program Director in Bangladesh, where he managed programs on civil society empowerment, political party assistance, youth civic education, minority rights, and countering violent extremism.

Geoffrey 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, Foreign Policy, 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. Geoffrey 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. Concurrent with his work at IRI, Geoffrey is a Visiting Expert on South Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a nonresident Associate at Harvard University’s Asia Center.

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