Peggy is currently a Fulbright Scholar affiliated with Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, Diliman research rebel nonviolence and the role of women in conflict and peace processes. 

Upon entering UMD in 2013, Peggy McWeeney began work on conflict and rebel legitimacy. Her dissertation examines why rebels invest in legitmacy, whether these strategies are effective in gaining state concessions in and out of civil war, and whether they are effective in decreasing political violence. She is a member of Visions in Methodology (VIM), American Political Science Association (APSA), International Studies Association (ISA), and Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG). 

Prior to attending UMD, she worked as a federal consultant focusing on issues pertaining to the U.S. Intelligence Community. In 2010, she received her M.A in International Relations from Syracuse University. She has traveled extensively engaging in development work in both South Africa and India.

Areas of Interest

  • Conflict
  • Rebel Legitimacy
  • State Concessions


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Relations


  • 2018-05-30
    Outstanding Graduate Assistant


  • Society for Political Methodoloty
  • Visions in Methodology


  • Legitimacy of rebel movements
  • State concessions to rebel movements
  • Public opinion of national security policy (3rd-year paper)

Research Topics

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
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