Zeinab Khalil specializes in critical development studies, global governance, state-civil society relations, and democratization in Arab states. She completed her BA at the University of Michigan in International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies and Gender Studies. She wrote her honor's thesis on the prospects for democratic outcomes following post-military coup parliamentary elections. She was a foreign policy intern at The Century Foundation, where she researched civil society mobilization, transitional governance, and gender and militarization. She previously worked with Nazra for Feminist Studies in Cairo, where she co-published a report on military policy against women human rights defenders. She is a Kathryn Davis Fellow, which she used to start the QUWA Project, a women’s anti-violence and political organizing program for displaced Arabic-speaking women. She previously lived in Turkey working with Syrian refugee women, and has also spent time working at the Arab American Association of New York as a community organizer and policy associate. While in grad school, she interned at the UN Development Program, where she focused on electoral capacity building in Arab and North African states.