CISSM Forum | April 25, 2013

"The Determinants of Anti-Americanism in Pakistan"

by Madiha Afzal, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, and Research Fellow, CISSM

Madiha Afzal is an Assistant Professor of International Development at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. Her current work examines the determinants of support for militancy and terrorism in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the effect of education and gender on radicalization. Dr. Afzal has written for The Express Tribune and Foreign Policy on girls' education and terrorism in Pakistan. Her other areas of research include elections in Pakistan and Pakistanis' views of the United States. Dr. Afzal received her PhD in Economics from Yale University in 2008, specializing in Development Economics and Political Economy. Her dissertation examined voter rationality and legislator behavior in Pakistan and India. She received her Bachelor's degree in Economics (with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2002, where she was ranked first in her graduating class. Dr. Afzal has also been a Consultant at the World Bank, is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as a Research Fellow at CISSM and at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. She grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and Montreal, Canada.