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curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctoral Candidate:     TBD
  • Masters in Middle Eastern Studies:  Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
  • Bachelors in Political Science and International Security: University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

RESEARCH

Radioactive Politics in Jordan: The Monarchy, Civil Society, and Nuclear Energy

Graduate researcher, U.S, Israel, Jordan, Supervised by Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., Christopher Jones, Dr. Waleed Al-Khatib, and Dr. Khaled Toukan.

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. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Office of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Senate Aid, Los Angeles

2018-2018

Developed middle east and U.S. foreign policy reports for the state director.


Center for Israel Studies in Jordan,
Director's Assistant, Amman,
2015-2018
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,

2015–2016
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 

2015-2015
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.

2015-2015
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.
Interview here


Center for Strategic Studies,Research fellow, Dr. Waleed Al-Khatib, Amman, Jordan,
2013-2013
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
2013-2013
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,
2011-2011
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,
2011-2011
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. 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

· 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
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

  

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Washington D.C, Member 2019

  • YPFP offers a platform to young professionals who have an interest in engaging a wide range of topics that intersect foreign policy, technology, digital communications, internet governance, trade, and regional relations.

Pacific Council on International Policy, Member, 2018 

  • Elected to membership as a result of positive review of my professional profile by the Board of Directors.
  • Participated in the Middle East policy conference in D.C., Oct. 2019

NextGen America, Fall Fellow, 2018 

  • Emphasized on getting the youth to vote in the midterm election by speaking on campuses and knocking on doors. 
  • Youth-voter turnout for the midterm was higher than any midterm election in a quarter-century.

Iranian American Woman Foundation, Fellow, (2018-Present)

  •  Selected as one of 150 participants nationwide for this 12-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent based on leadership potential and academic success.

 Iranian-American Bar Association, Member, 2018

  •  Members include judges, academics, attorneys, and law students. As a member, I help educate the community about legal issues of interest to Iranian Americans and to ensure that the public, elected representatives, and other government officials are informed on such matters. 

American Jewish Committee, Member, 2016-Present 

  • Selected as one of 13 participants nationwide in 2018 to represent U.S. in Japan as part of the
    “Kakehashi Project,” a Japanese government funded program for young American leaders.
  • Participate in “Dinner with Diplomats,” a program designed to have small round table discussions on current events with foreign diplomats. 

Presentations, Speaker and Related Conferences

  • Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference, 2019
  • Pacific Council on International Policy Emerging Leaders delegation to D.C (Middle East Policy) 2019
  • Iranian American Women Foundation annual conference, 2018
  • AJC Diplomatic Delegation to Japan, 2018
  •  INSS annual conference, Tel Aviv, 2016 & 2017
  • CyberTech conference, Tel Aviv 2017
  • AJC annual conference, Speaker, Washington D.C, 2016
  • Alliance for Middle East Peace conference, Jerusalem 2016
  • Israel Institute conference, Jerusalem 2016
  • BICOM and Jewish News Conference, London, 2015
  • UW undergraduate Research Symposium, oral presentation, Seattle, 2014
  • INMM annual conference, Desert Spring, 2013
  • Amman Security Colloquium, Amman, Jordan 2013
  • Model United Nations, New York, 2011