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Allison Jacobs Anderson

Allison Anderson focuses on gender and development. She recently completed a 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 a Ph.D. from the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and an 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.


  • 2020 
    University of Washington, PhD, International Studies
  • 2011 
    Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, MA, International Relations & International Economics