Emily Whalen is an historian of U.S. foreign policy and of the Middle East.
She is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Texas - Austin, where she is a Graduate Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security. Emily is also an affiliated scholar at the American University of Beirut's Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she was a Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at Yale’s International Security Studies Program. In 2019-2020, she will be an Ernest May Predoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The PEO Sisterhood and the American Association of University Women have also supported Emily’s work.
Emily works as an historical consultant for the EastWest Institute, an international, non-governmental think-tank specializing in Track-II diplomacy. She was previously a coder for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Database, covering political violence in Pakistan. Emily's writing appears in several online publications, including Not Even Past, a public history website, Foreign Policy, Task and Purpose, and Lawfare. A distinguished graduate of the University of Virginia (BA 2010), Emily speaks French, Italian, and Levantine Arabic.
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