Meredith is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan and visiting fellow at the George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs.
Her work examines the nature and consequence of state power. The growth of the state has historically played a significant role in both generating wealth and enforcing human rights. But state power often necessitates the overwhelming deployment of violence and establishment of coercive institutions, leading to massacres and other crimes against humanity. Meredith’s research accounts for why particular forms of coercive force are generated and their role in perpetrating human rights. She shows why governments create security forces that are not in their long-term interest using original global data on paramilitaries and conflict. Examining the intimate relationship between the state and its coercive apparatus across time and over countries, her research provides new substantive insights relevant to international relations, security studies, and comparative politics.
Before beginning graduate school, Meredith worked at The Boeing Company on foreign military sales.