Allison Anderson

Ph.D. 2020

Dissertation Project

Women's Consequential Access: ICT-Enabled Female Economic Participation in Jordan

Professional Background

Strategy consulting, research, & project management


Qualitative research, political risk analysis, project management, Arabic



Allison Anderson focuses on gender and development in the Arab world. She is currently working on her dissertation about women’s economic participation in Jordan based on extensive fieldwork as a Fulbright Research Fellow. Throughout her Ph.D., Allison has conducted research and provided consulting for several private sector, government, and non-profit organizations.

Allison was previously at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focused on strategic planning and engagement in the Office of the President for Global Health. She also worked at Deloitte Consulting conducting political risk analysis. Allison served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Jordan. Other overseas experiences include researching political economy at the Carnegie 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

  • Cybersecurity Fellow, International Policy Institute, University of Washington, 2017-present
  • Research Grant, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, University of Washington, 2019
  • Fulbright Research Fellow, Jordan, 2018-2019
  • 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

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