Radioactive Politics in Jordan: The Monarchy, Civil Society, and Nuclear Energy:
My research uses interviews, academic papers, scientific reports from the U.S Energy Information Agency and the Oxford business group, as well as graphs and data provided by the Pew Research Institute and the Center for Strategic Studies in Amman as well as the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission in order to understand an important, novel, and ongoing issue in Jordan. This research will be featured in a documentary and turned into a book. Read my Blog post
The Iranian Nuclear Power Program
Harvard University, Project on Managing the Atom and Iran Matters.
I worked with Martin Malin, Gary Samore and Matthew Bunn researching Iran's Joint Comprehension Plan of Action (JCPOA), and Iran's domestic politics.
The Jordanian Nuclear Power Program: Security Concerns from an American
Perspective Undergraduate researcher, Center for Strategic Studies, Jordan
September – December 2013
The purpose of this research was to analyze the security concerns of the United States government through the framework of Neoliberalism regarding the development of nuclear energy in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. I conducted interviews with Foreign Service officers at the U.S embassy in Amman as well as Jordanian scholars and government officials. Additionally, I reviewed several academic articles related to this topic, and lastly, I used the data available on the United Nations website and the Pew Research Center.
Read my paper.
Office of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Senate Aid, Los Angeles
Developed middle east and U.S. foreign policy reports for the state director.
Center for Israel Studies in Jordan, Director's Assistant, Amman,
The Center for Israeli Studies is a Jordan-based Arab think tank dedicated to the study of all aspects of Israeli politics and society. It works to improve Arab understanding of Israeli politics and culture by organizing tours, seminars, and institutional exchanges between Jordanians and Israelis. By providing a non-partisan platform for the exchange of opinions and ideas, it promotes mutual understanding between Israel and its Arab neighbor. As the director’s assistant, I was the liaison connecting between 10-20 funding agencies, ministers and embassies to achieve fundraising goal and annual endowment of $10M USD in two years. Blog post here.
The Parliament of Israel, Press and Communications Assistant to Parliament Member Sharren Haskel, Jerusalem,
The Knesset (parliament) is the legislative branch of the Israeli government that passes all laws, elects the president and prime minister, approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government. I was the press and communications assistant to Parliament Member Sharren Haskel. Additionally, I was the communications director for foreign press, successfully led lobbying and passed a bill that decriminalizes the usage of medical cannabis in Israel
Harvard Belfer Center, Research Associate, Managing the Atom Project, Cambridge, MA
Managing the Atom Project (MTA) is the Harvard Kennedy School’s principle research group on nuclear policy issues. The Purpose of the MTA is to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant ideas and analysis for reducing the risks of nuclear and radiological terrorism as well as stopping nuclear proliferation and reducing nuclear arsenals. I was in charge of translation of Iranian press regarding nuclear deal and writing 80+ internal reports for managing the atom project (MTA) on domestic politics.
British Israel Communication and Research Centre (BICOM), Researcher, London, U.K.
BICOM is an independent British organization dedicated to creating a more supportive environment for Israel in Britain by promoting a balanced discourse about Israel in the British media and creating opportunities for a wide range of voices to be heard. BICOM provides daily expert news summary and analysis of events in Israel and the region through its online publications. As a research intern, I was tasked with writing factual briefings on various political events, particularly on the Iranian nuclear program. Additionally, I reviewed and edited articles for BICOM’s Fathom journal, interviewed New York Times bestseller Michael Weiss, and assisted other researchers in data gathering.
Center for Strategic Studies,Research fellow, Dr. Waleed Al-Khatib, Amman, Jordan,
The Center for Strategic Studies aims to promote and conduct studies on the political, military, economic, and social aspects of issues that interest Jordan and the Arab world. The Center assembles opinion polls with the goal of providing researchers and policymakers with necessary facts and data, and it organizes events and activities including seminars and conferences. My role as an intern was to conduct independent research on the Jordanian Nuclear Power Program as well as prepare descriptive reports for the center. I was also research assistant to the faculty of the center. During my tenure, I was able to attend various political conferences, tour Jordan’s uranium laboratory, and interview government officials, local citizens, and various NGOs for my research.
Ammon News Agency, Editor, Journalist, Amman, Jordan
Ammon News Agency is the first electronic news agency in Jordan that has both Arabic and English editions online. My role was to research and write articles on the energy sector in Jordan. In order to do so, I interviewed ministries, the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission, and Jordanian citizens. Furthermore, I attended domestic and international conferences held in the field of energy and security in Amman. I was also responsible for editing articles from Arabic into English.
Office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Social Security and Immigration Intern, Seattle,
I was responsible for writing letters to U.S. embassies around the world on behalf of constituents with immigration issues. Additionally, I managed the process of making nominations for the military academies. I redesigned and streamlined the academy nomination process, creating a new database and tracking system. Lastly, I provided assistance to constituents with home loan, mortgage, Medicare, grants, retirement benefits, or educational debt problems.
Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Constituent Services Director’s Assistant, Seattle,
I was responsible for managing and tracking casework cross multiple offices as well as researching and providing briefings for Senator Cantwell and her staffers. I generated weekly status reports and acted as a point of contact for walk-in constituents.
· The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior fellowship
· Benjamin Gilman International scholarship
· National Foreign Language & Area Studies fellowship (twice)
· University of Washington Mary Gates Leadership scholarship
· University of Washington Fritz scholarship
· Mortar Board National Honor’s Society
· IE3 Global Internship Chancellor scholarship
· University of Washington Go Scholarship
· University of Washington European Center of Excellence Travel Award (declined)
· Jewish American League scholarship
· Israel MASA graduate scholarship
· Koret fellowship
· University of Washington Fritz Scholarship for Arts and Humanities
· Hebrew University top four female students of the year, 2016
· Pi Theta Kappa Honors Society
· Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors Society
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Washington D.C, Member 2019
Pacific Council on International Policy, Member, 2018
NextGen America, Fall Fellow, 2018
Iranian American Woman Foundation, Fellow, (2018-Present)
Iranian-American Bar Association, Member, 2018
American Jewish Committee, Member, 2016-Present
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