Class of 2023
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Research Interests: The role of Islam and politics, critical security/ trauma-informed violent-extremism, child protection, inter-religious conflict resolution, psychosocial support, and reconciliation, especially in the context of ethnic conflicts and civil wars
Lindsey graduated summa cum laude from the Dual B.A. Program between UC Berkeley and Sciences Po Paris in 2020, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and Peace and Conflict Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, Lindsey centered her research on the de-essentialization of Islam and critical security/ conflict resolution in the Middle East. Lindsey has spent time studying Arabic at ALPS Arabic Institute while interning with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Beirut, Lebanon, studying for 2020-2021 at Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan, and interning while also learning Arabic at Ahlan Morocco in Rabat. She has also interned in Washington, D.C. with the Department of State Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, focusing on US-Saudi Relations, and with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, focusing on Iranian cultural heritage protection. Lindsey deferred MAAS for a year (from 2020 to 2021) due to the COVID-19 pandemic to work in interreligious conflict resolution and trauma-informed violent extremism at the International Center of Religion and Diplomacy. At MAAS, Lindsey intends to complete a certificate in Diplomatic Studies and pursue her interest in sectarianism and identity politics as well as critical security/conflict transformation, especially in the Levant.