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About me

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I am a researcher and policy analyst, working at the intersection of development, diplomacy and security. I am currently Director for Education Content at the Council on Foreign Relations. I am also a Lecturing Fellow at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy in the Center for International Development and Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke Kunshan University, and Nonresident Fellow at the Institute for Global Affairs for the Independent America Project. I previously served as a a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and as a staff writer for Mic.com. 

My work focuses on foreign policy, Middle East politics, international law, and the connections between development and international security. My research has been published in a range of outlets, including in Foreign Policy, The Washington Quarterly, World Politics Review, The National Interest, Think Global Health, CFR.org, Human Rights Review, and as chapters in The Arab Gulf States and the West: Perception and Misperception, Opportunities and Perils, and The Routledge History of Human Rights. I have also served as a contributor for BBC News, CNN and Arise America TV News. My current book project is exploring mergers of development and diplomacy agencies, exploring lessons for U.S. bureaucracy. 


I have worked on projects with and funded by the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, OECD, Transparency International, The World Bank, DFID, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, Swedish International Development Agency, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners and donors.

I hold a BA in Politics and French from Princeton University, an MA in Middle East Studies from Harvard University, and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

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