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Allison Minor

BA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, St. Mary's College of Maryland. MA in Middle Eastern Studies and MA in Global Policy Studies, UT Austin

Biography

Specialization:  International Development and aid policy in in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Allison Minor studied Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. During her undergraduate career she spent two semesters in Rabat, Morocco on a NSEP Boren Scholarship studying Arabic. Allison completed a senior thesis entitled “Reconfiguring ‘Civil Society’ in Morocco: A critique of civil society in the Moroccan context.” Following her graduation, she spent a year in Morocco with a Fulbright Student Research Grant. During this time, she conducted research on participative development and the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) in the Tiznit province of Morocco. Her final report, “Problematizing Participative Development in the Tiznit Province: Analyzing participative development discourse and policy in Morocco,” examines the strategy behind the implementation of “participative” development policies associated with the INDH. It considers the political motivations behind this strategy, its effectiveness, and the socio-cultural reactions to and ramifications of these policies. Allison is currently in a dual master’s program in Middle Eastern Studies and Global Policy Studies with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs .

Interests

Civil society, participative and community-based development, decentralization/regionalization, rural development
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