Hometown: Clearwater, Florida
Research Interests: U.S. foreign policy concerning the Western Sahara Conflict and other lesser-known conflicts in the MENA region
Gillian Shaw graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2015 with a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in the Middle East. While at the University of Florida, she was awarded the departmental Arabic Language Award for academic excellence in the language at the intermediate level. In the summer of 2015, she studied intensive Arabic in Morocco at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez. She wrote her senior thesis on U.S. foreign policy regarding the Western Sahara Conflict, an interest that was influenced by her experiences in Morocco.