Director of Research and Analysis

Phone: 617.995.1947

Marie O’Reilly is Director of Research and Analysis at Inclusive Security, examining why women’s inclusion matters for peace and how it can be achieved. She designs institutional research strategies, oversees multi-country research projects, and formulates evidence-based policy recommendations. She writes and speaks about women’s roles in peace processes, inclusive constitution making, and the nexus of gender and power.

Prior to joining Inclusive Security, Ms. O’Reilly was Research Fellow for women, peace, and security at the International Peace Institute in New York. There, she also served as Editor of the institute’s research and Co-Editor of its policy analysis website The Global Observatory. Ms. O’Reilly has conducted research, writing, and data analysis on issues relating to inclusive security, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the United Nations Development Programme. She also worked in management consulting with Accenture, on human rights and video advocacy with Witness, and on European affairs at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI) in Paris.

Ms. O’Reilly’s commentary and analysis has been published by outlets such as Foreign Policy, Public Radio International, The American Prospect, Ms. Magazine, Women in the World, The Global Observatory, Policy Innovations, talkRADIO, and the German television channel ARD. Her research has been published by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, the US Institute of Peace, the International Peace Institute, the Journal of International Affairs, Stability journal, and PRISM. She has also lectured at academic institutions, such as Harvard, Tufts, New York University, and the National University of Ireland Galway, and delivered talks for the UN Development Programme, UN Women, the Bruno Kreisky Forum, and the Strata Data Conference.

Ms. O’Reilly holds a Masters of international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and an MA in international security and conflict studies from Dublin City University. Most recently, she was a Visiting Fellow at Tufts University. While earning her BA in European studies, Ms. O’Reilly studied at Trinity College Dublin, Sciences Po Paris, and Humboldt University in Berlin. She speaks French, German, and Irish.