Melissa Duell

Melissa Duell is passionate about improving evidence-based decision-making through the use of applied quantitative methods. She specializes in bridging the communication gap between technical and nontechnical audiences. She arrived in the foreign policy world through a AAAS S&TP Fellowship, where she serves at the Department of State in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). At CSO, she works on the Advanced Analytics team in an unusual intersection of data analytics, quantitative methods, and foreign policy. She focuses on approaches including statistical analysis, network science, geospatial analysis and mapping, and in thematic areas including stabilization, conflict monitoring, and conflict prevention. She supports conflict analysis globally, with a focus in Latin America and the MENA region.

Melissa earned her PhD in systems engineering and quantitative methods from the University of New South Wales. She also holds bachelor degrees in liberal arts honors and civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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