Meghan Garrity

Ph.D. Student in Comparative Politics

Meghan Garrity is a third-year PhD student studying comparative politics. Her research interests include forced migration, refugees, nationalism and ethnic conflict and she is currently working on a project about mass expulsions. Before coming to Penn, Garrity worked as a humanitarian and development practitioner for eight years, and she continues to engage in annual consultancies, most recently in Amman, Jordan as Program Advisor and in Mosul, Iraq in July 2017 as Deputy Director of Emergency Response with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Her humanitarian work included four years with the IRC responding to the Syria crisis, in Turkey as Deputy Director of Programs for northern Syria and southern Turkey managing a $45million (USD) portfolio of health, economic recovery and development, water and sanitation, protection and education programs; and previously in Jordan as Field Coordinator overseeing the implementation of urban and camp-based Syrian refugee programs. Before joining the IRC, Garrity worked for the NGO Global Communities as part of their emergency response unit deploying to various crises around the world including food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, refugee and IDP flows in South Sudan, earthquake/cholera in Haiti and counter-insurgency operations in Pakistan. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan.