Frances Duffy is a third year PhD student in the Public Policy program. Her area of research is U.S. intervention in foreign conflict, and evaluating foreign policy effectiveness for achieving institutional change. She is interested in how American foreign policy can promote stability and security in high-risk and post-conflict states. She also studies the impact of cooperation between the Department of Defense and the Department of State on the successful achievement of strategic goals.

Frances previously served for five years with the U.S. Department of State, most recently as the Staff Assistant to the Ambassador of the U.S. Mission to the European Union. She served her prior tours with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in Tunis, Tunisia and in Pretoria, South Africa, where she traveled to more than 17 different Embassies and Consulates in Africa. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, with a minor in Political Science.