Nadine Rada

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2014

Nadine studied Political Science and Near Eastern Languages as an undergraduate at Indiana University. She returned to Cairo after graduating with her BA to intern at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She then moved to Doha, working first as a Research Assistant, and then as the Academic Services Coordinator at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Nadine completed her Masters at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in May 2014. She was also a Boren Fellow in 2012 and spent a year studying intensive Arabic in Cairo. During her time at UMD, she has worked in curriculum support positions at the Department of Defense, the National Foreign Language Center, and the UMD School of Public Policy’s policy writing assistance program. Nadine has also interned in Middle East program support positions at the Council on Foreign Relations and in USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI).

With a focus on the Middle East/North Africa and Central Asia, her subject matter interests are political transitions, democratic assistance, Islamist integration, civil conflict, stateless peoples, and refugees. Her functional areas of interest are data visualization, political forecasting, spatial data analysis, and program evaluation. To that end, she aspires to serve as a Foreign Service Officer at a USAID mission overseas.

Nadine grew up in Indiana and Luxembourg, but home is Colorado. She’s fluent in Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial, and she is proficient in Farsi.