Megan K. McBride, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Megan McBride is a research analyst in CNA's Center for Stability and Development. She is an expert on international security issues including terrorism, radicalization, and ideological violence and has conducted and published research on domestic and international terrorist movements including anti-abortion terrorism, environmental terrorism, and Islamist terrorism. Her recent work has focused on extremism in the information space and the evaluation of countering violent extremism (CVE) and reintegration programming.

In addition to working at CNA, she is a fellow in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for which she contributes to a portfolio of CVE grants funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Justice, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. She has taught on terrorism and political violence at universities including Brown University and Boston College, and she has presented work at major scholarly conferences such as the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Terrorism and Political Violence; Religion, Politics, and Ideology; and Homeland Security Affairs, as well as popular outlets such as Lawfare.

Prior to joining CNA, McBride worked as a Middle East intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency for five years. She has a PhD in religious studies from Brown University, an MA in government from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in liberal arts from the Great Books Program at St. John's College, and a BA in psychology from Drew University.


June 1, 2018

Megan McBride and Kate Hammerberg discuss their latest paper Exploring the Utility of Memes for U.S. Government Influence Campaigns on The Loopcast podcast.

The Loopcast: “Exploring the Utility of Memes for U.S. Government Influence Campaigns”

April 25, 2018

The speed at which information spreads today presents challenges to the United States, as state and non-state adversaries use this capability to spread disinformation. As the U.S. government looks for ways to counter adversarial disinformation campaigns, it is overlooking a potentially valuable tool: memes. Read more.