Megan Bradley


  • Program Year
  • 2008-09
  • Country of Current Residence
  • Canada
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Montreal
  • Current Position
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Institute for the Study of International Development
  • Organization
  • McGill University
  • Profession(s)
  • Professor, Author

  • Sector(s)
  • Academia, Human rights, International relations, Journalism, Social justice
  • Language(s)
  • English, French
  • Mentor
  • Prof. Catherine Lu, McGill University
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • displacement, foreign policy, human rights, international relations, refugees
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Megan Bradley received her PhD  in international relations at the University of Oxford, where she carried out research on the justice issues raised by large-scale refugee repatriation movements. She also holds an MSc in forced migration from the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, and an MA in philosophy and international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Megan served as the 2007-2008 Cadieux-Léger Scholar at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), and has worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement, and the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Cairo.

Following her year as a Sauvé Fellow, Megan was an Assistant Professor of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa (affiliated with the University of Ottawa); she also continued as a Visiting Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Megan was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, where she worked with the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University.

Megan is a frequent media commentator on displacement, human rights, humanitarian affairs and development issues for outlets including NPR, CNN, CTV, Christian Science Monitor, Daily Beast (Newsweek), The Atlantic, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen. In June 2014,  ISID announced the arrival of its second joint appointment, Professor Megan Bradley.

In 2016, Megan published a new book, “Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice”, which draws on a variety of disciplinary perspectives including political science, law, anthropology, and social work. This collection addresses the roles of various actors including governments, UN agencies, NGOs, and displaced persons themselves, raising complex questions about accountability for past injustices and how to support reconciliation in communities shaped by exile.


As a Fellow

While a Sauvé Fellow, Megan undertook doctoral research on the justice issues raised by large-scale refugee repatriation movements.