Renanah Miles Joyce

Renanah Miles Joyce

Research Interest


Renanah Miles Joyce is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, where her research spans international security, comparative civil-military relations and US foreign policy.

Her dissertation explores the ways that great power security assistance shapes civil-military relations in developing countries, with an empirical focus on sub-Saharan Africa. In related projects, she studies different aspects of military statecraft, including use of military spending as a tool to influence foreign policy outcomes. Other work examines various dimensions of terrorism and non-state actors’ strategies in internal armed conflict.

Ms. Joyce’s work is published or forthcoming in Journal of Conflict Resolution and Political Science Quarterly, as well as various policy reports, book chapters, and writing for outlets including The National Interest, Lawfare, and PRISM. Her research has been supported by the Eisenhower Institute, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, and the United Nations Mission in Liberia.

Before starting her PhD, Ms. Joyce worked for the US Department of Defense as a program analyst. She holds a BA in international community development from Oral Roberts University, an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and an MA and MPhil in Political Science from Columbia University.