Zeinab Khalil specializes in critical development studies, global governance, and state-civil society relations in Arab states. She completed her BA at the University of Michigan in international relations, modern Middle Eastern studies, and gender studies. She was selected from her Michigan cohort as Student of the Year. Additionally, she received high honors for her thesis on the prospects for democratic outcomes following post-military coup parliamentary elections. She previously worked at The Century Foundation as a researcher on civil society mobilization, democratization, and gender and militarization. She also worked with Nazra for Feminist Studies in Cairo, where she 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, an 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 with a focus on immigration advocacy. She has interned at the United Nations Development Program, where she focused on electoral capacity-building in Arab and African states. Zeinab has been awarded the Public Policy Presidential Fellowship at the Open Society Foundations, where she will begin working in New York City following graduation.