Academically, I am a development specialist in the area of democracy and governance. My PhD research examines the role of illiterate women in political change. I have extensive experience working on civil-military affairs, including as a North Africa expert for the NATO Civil-Military Fusion Centre and with the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia on civil-military cooperation training exercises.
Funded by the National Security Education Program Boren Fellowship, I completed field work on the Soulaliyates women’s movement in Morocco and managed a US State Department-funded project on offender-focus domestic violence reform for Search for Common Ground’s Rabat office.
I have worked in Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America. In addition to a Boren Fellowship in Morocco, I am a former Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and a three-time recipient of the US State Department Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic (Jordan, Morocco, and Egypt). I hold a Ph.D. in international studies with an emphasis in international political economy and development and comparative socio-political studies from Old Dominion University, and I speak Arabic, French, and German.