About Allison

Since 2014, Allison has served as the Research Director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP). As Research Director, Allison has crafted and honed the Institute’s research, developing overarching strategies on research production and initiatives and instituting research protocols that bring thoughtful approaches and multi-method designs to bear on policy-relevant research questions. Having joined at TIMEP’s launch, she has developed the research department from the ground up, directly managing hiring, orientation, training, and supervision of research staff, fellows, and the Institute’s internship program. The growth of TIMEP’s research under her direction has seen considerable success, with research initiatives expanding across five countries, six thematic areas, and eleven projects; the research findings have been cited by major international media publications (including the NYTimes, The Washington Post, the New Yorker, TIME Magazine, and others), and are regularly delivered in briefings to high-level policymakers.

As with all of the Institute’s work, under Allison’s direction, TIMEP’s research department centers the local experience, engaging directly with a wide network of actors on the ground (as well as in the US and Europe) to ensure that it serves the advancement of equitable, rights-forward, and values-based policy outcomes.

Allison has also engaged in her own research during her time at the Institute, focusing on the nexus of security, rights, and international policy, with a particular interest in emergent tools and technologies. Her writings on these topics appear regularly on TIMEP’s website, and she has written for The Intercept, Foreign Affairs, Lawfare blog, The National, and others. She gives regular comment to international news media and has appeared as a speaker in a variety of high-profile fora. She is the principal investigator of TIMEP’s Egypt Security Watch project.

Allison is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Masters in Global and International Studies program. At UCSB Allison studied society and politics of North Africa, with a focus on human rights and democratic practices. Allison’s final thesis, entitled Seasons in Morocco: Deliberative Street Politics and Sacralized Dissent, explored the dialectical relationship between authoritarian regimes and popular political expression. Allison conducted field research for the thesis in Rabat, working with local activists and community organizers. In 2013, Allison returned to Morocco to continue independent research, working with local NGOs and activists on issues of sub-Saharan migration and migrant communities in Rabat.

Allison has also contributed as a co-editor of the Maghreb page of e-zine Jadaliyya.com, as part of the Washington DC based Arab Studies Institute. In addition to her contributions at Jadaliyya and TIMEP, Allison’s freelance work has appeared in The Intercept, Abu Dhabi’s the National, Paris’ Courrier International and Morocco’s Mamfakinch.com.  She has regularly translated relevant French texts on rights and politics in the Middle East (including for Jadaliyya, and the University of California Press), and she developed the Instructor’s Manual for Thinking Globally, a new Global Studies textbook edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and published through the University of California Press.

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