Allison Anderson

Ph.D. Candidate (2016 Cohort)
JSIS Doctoral Candidate Allison Anderson

Dissertation Project

Pathways to women's economic participation in the Arab world

Professional Background

Federal government consulting & Non-profit project management


Political risk research, Arabic



Allison Anderson’s research interests are centered around gender and development in the Arab world. She is currently studying pathways to women’s economic participation in Jordan. Allison came to JSIS from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focused on strategic planning and engagement in the Office of the President for Global Health. Previously, she worked at Deloitte Consulting conducting political risk analysis and market research for government clients. Allison served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Jordan. Other overseas experiences include economics research at the Carnegie Endowment’s Middle East Center in Beirut and studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo. Allison received her M.A. from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where she focused on Strategic Studies and International Economics. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic & Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan.

Grants & Fellowships

  • International Policy Institute Cybersecurity Policy Fellow, University of Washington, 2017-present
  • Senior Research Fellow, Applied Research Project for Microsoft Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy, 2017
  • Top Scholar Fellowship, Middle East Studies Program, University of Washington, 2016-2017
  • Fellows Program, World Affairs Council Seattle, 2014-2015
  • Future Leaders Fellowship, Foreign Policy Initiative, Washington, D.C., 2011-2012

Dissertation Committee

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