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I am a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science, where I have been specializing in political economy of development, comparative politics, and international relations. My dissertation seeks to advance our understanding of the politics of norm construction and diffusion by exploring the emergence of the anti-poverty norm - as embodied in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - and by examining political reasons for the variation in states’ incorporation of these goals into their policy planning. I propose and hope to empirically illustrate that an understanding of the power processes that gave rise to the antipoverty norm will allow us to hypothesize about its effects on domestic policy.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I spent several years working with the United Nations and the World Bank. At UNDP, I worked on poverty reduction policies, mainly focusing on the MDGs and their implementation at the local level. At the World Bank, I worked at the Office of the Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) investigating issues pertaining to gender and economic policy. At the UN, I worked as policy advisor supporting the Under-Secretary General/UN Coordinator’s work on avian and pandemic influenza while frequently traveling and offering training to UN country offices in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. I have also worked at UNDP in Kathmandu, Banque Internationale Arabe du Tunisie in Tunis, and Amnesty International in Cape Town.
I hold a Master of International Affairs from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, where I focused on economic and political development, as well as a B.A. in international and comparative politics from The American University of Paris