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I am the daughter of an Egyptian immigrant father and Irish-American mother. I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and grew up in a racially mixed part of Columbia, Maryland. As a teenager I moved with my family to London, U.K. I have also lived in Paris and Cairo. My time abroad led to my interest in international relations, and as soon as I discovered the field of conflict resolution I fell in love with it. I have built my skills in smaller scale dispute resolution (interpersonal, group and multiparty) and have returned to academia mid-career to refocus on international affairs and peacemaking. I aspire to consult on peace processes. I live in the Denver area with my husband and two daughters.
Inclusivity and Peacemaking in Civil Wars
I felt right at home as soon as I walked into SIS. It offers me the perfect mix of traditional international studies topics (including international relations and comparative politics) and peace and conflict studies. The PhD program teaches me to produce high-quality scholarship, yet the community here welcomes my goals as a practitioner as well. The fabulous faculty and students are generating a wealth of cutting-edge, policy-relevant research.