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CV and Publications

Professional Summary

I am a 2019 graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with direct experience working in a conflict zone as well as extensive research experience in the fields of extremism, governance, human rights, and monitoring, evaluation, and analysis. 

In my current position at the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, I analyze government taxpayer spending and fraud on humanitarian projects in Afghanistan. This involves interviewing officials at the Department of State and USAID, examining financial, procedural, and timeline related documents for inconsistencies, and writing and editing reports for Congress and the general public.

 

My research background includes primary, secondary, and open source. Several of my papers written while at Fletcher have been published in the book Marketing Terrorism: The Continental Fear from Middle East to Asia & Africa as well as at the think tank Islamic Theology of Counter. I wrote numerous pieces on Afghanistan—its politics, its extremists, its current climate, its regional role, and the negotiations with the Taliban—as well as on Iraq. Additionally, I conducted and transcribed interviews for our security journal, including one with the former ambassador to Pakistan. I also spent the summer of 2018 as a research intern at the think tank the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, both doing my own research and assisting the staff in theirs.

 

In 2016, I joined the Yazidi nonprofit Yazda to assist with research, writing, and editing, and on location near Mosul with the local staff to compile the data needed to meet the audit guidelines of the UN financial assistance programs in which Yazda was participating. I also worked directly with the displaced community, both gathering data and teaching volunteers about working with children with trauma and aiding women who had escaped ISIS captivity.

Looking forward, I would particularly like to apply my research and writing skills for an organization promoting positive changes in the Middle East.

Skills

Writing  Interviewing    Research    Logistics  Resource Management    Event Management    Facilitation    Creative Initiatives  Editing  Audit Analysis

Work Experience

February 2022 - Present

Research Analyst at the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

  • Write and edit reports regarding information found over the course of an audit to be given to Congress and published on the SIGAR website

  • Analyze criteria for auditing based on latest federal guidelines and determine compliance or noncompliance of programs and agencies being audited

  • Conduct interviews with members of USAID, the State Department, and their implementing partners, including developing questions and debriefing senior members of SIGAR

  • Continue training courses at USIP, GAO, DOD, among others in topics relevant to auditing, necessary tools, and international relations and peacebuilding

  • Won an award for audit proposal ideas

  • Complete tracing and verifying and referencing on final reports

  • Accepted to DEIA Council as head of the Survey Committee; produced and analyzed annual DEIA survey

May-November 2021

Editor at ImpactCurve Global Consulting

  • Edit full RFPs including budgets

  • Consult on program creation through logic models, adhering to specific requests and budgets

September 2016-December 2021

Consultant at Women's Empowerment at Yuva Group for Women and Children Trauma Victims

  • Provided hands-on education in appropriate mental health paradigms to Yazidi volunteers in Dohuk and neighboring villages on Sinjar Mountain serving internally displaced people (IDP)

  • Worked with local volunteers to provide mental health and social support for IDP trauma victims and survivors of sexual slavery

  • Created website content

August 2019-September 2020

Project Coordinator at Strategic Capacity Group

  • Recruited by the security sector reform focused nonprofit to serve as a key member of the Mali Academies of Excellence Program, as well as provide research, development, and logistical support on a variety of projects throughout Africa and Asia

  • Organized and attended the first annual conference for Women in Law Enforcement in Southeast Asia located in Manila

  • Assessed the organizational and pedagogical capacities of the National Guard in Bamako

  • Led the creation of a series of instructor professionalization events for the Malian security forces (National Guard, National Police, Gendarmerie, and Civil Service Protection)
    o    Conducted M&E and follow up analysis on training programs


 

February-September 2019

South Asia Policy Desk Member at Islamic Theology of Counter-Terrorism

  • Researching, writing, and editing articles on topics related to national security and geopolitics for online and print editions alone and as part of a team, including three chapters in Marketing Terrorism: The Continental Fear from Middle East to Asia and Africa, edited by Noor Dahri.

May-August 2018

Research Intern  and Coordinator of the Executive Programs Conference at the International Institute of

Counter-Terrorism

  • Worked with academics and professionals in the field of Security Studies researching impact of ISIS governance on civilian population in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

  • Organized and facilitated multi-national Executive Program annual conference of academic and
    military securities professionals, including logistics such as scheduling, travel, and faculty preparation

  • Worked with director of the law and security program on United Nations grant proposal for research into use of AI in defense technology


 

March-September 2017

Volunteer Coordinator and Advisor; Manager of 2014 Yazidi Genocide UN Assessment Report at Yazda

  • Worked with US-based 501(c)(3) international NGO supporting Yazidi refugees worldwide following the August 2014 genocide

  • Gathered and compiled available financial documentation to support continuation of UN programs for IDP victims of the 2014 Yazidi Genocide for required audit

  • Interviewed and recorded personal testimony of survivors including women and children survivors of sexual slavery to raise awareness and garner international support for victims

  • Met with tribal leaders to document efforts to rebuild educational facilities in war-damaged ancestral villages and to explore options for accessing international financial support
     

Education

2017-2019

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (3.9 GPA)

2010-2014

University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts with Multiple Honors, English Literature (3.8 GPA)

Recent Publications

A selection of my work in the fields of counterterrorism, human security, and security studies can be found online:

Marketing Terrorism: The Continental Fear from Middle East to Asia & Africa

ISIS Brides: Perpetrators or Victims?

 

Human security, economic vulnerability, and terrorism in Afghanistan: Deficits in a western-oriented, top-down approach

 

Lebanon- Understanding the Regime

 

All hope abandon, ye who enter here: An account of fact and fiction regarding ISIS governance

 

Colonialism Once Again a Bad Idea, Helps Inspire Terrorism: Conflict in South Asia

 

Outlook: Chechnya and Terrorism, Putin and Kadyrov: A Conversation with Julie Wilhelmsen. senior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

 

Understanding Myanmar: History and Current Perspectives: A Conversation with Derek Mitchell, senior advisor to the Asia Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace

 

Governance in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A German perspective: A Conversation with Bernd Mützelburg, German special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

 

The Fragmentation of Identity in Modern Japan- Reinvention of the Oedipal Myth

Outside of my work in international affairs, I am a published poet, fiction writer, and humorist. My work can be found online at:

Upcoming:

       And My Blood Sang, an original chapbook

       Short story in Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine

       Poem in the Lorelei Signal

Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine

Return Home (Winner of the Parsec Award)

Quirk Books

The Mary Sue

BlazeVox (4 poems)

The Ravens Perch (4 poems)

Cathexis Northwest Press

Havik (5 poems)

The Toast

Other Worldly Women (2 poems)

Rising Phoenix Press (3 poems)

Chunk Lit

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