Hometown: Miami, Florida
Research Interests: Women and Gender in the Middle East, Muslim-Christian Relations, Comparisons between the Middle East and Latin America
Brenda Lucia Andere-Palomino graduated summa cum laude from Florida International University Honors College in 2015 and was awarded the Academic Excellence Award upon graduating. She earned her B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Political Science. She received certificates in Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies and National Security studies. During her time at FIU she conducted research for the U.S. Department of State through the Diplomacy Lab on closing and closed spaces with particular emphasize on Egypt’s government as a closing space and the impact of these characteristics on conflict and instability within the state. In 2014 Brenda traveled to Lebanon as a participant of the Back to Roots program for Lebanese descendants. Upon returning to Miami she served as an ambassador for BTR in the Unites States. In the summer of 2015, Brenda attended the University of Jordan as an FIU Ambassador Scholar to study Arabic and participate in research on the impact on Jordanian society of the inclusivity of women in the work force.