Dr. Nadia Owediat (Academic Advisor)
Dr. Oweidat is currently an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University, teaching classes on Islamic thought and history and security of the modern Middle East. She is also a Non-Residential Fellow at New America where she conducts research on countering violent extremism and agents of positive change in the Arab world. Dr. Oweidat, originally from Jordan, obtained a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies, focusing on Arab and Islamic thought, from the University of Oxford in 2014. Nadia has a BA from the University of Jordan in Arabic and English literature and an MA from the University of Wyoming in International Studies, with a focus on the Middle East. Prior to starting her D.Phil., Dr. Oweidat worked for several years as a research associate at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC, leading research into Arab language publications promoting tolerance and critical thinking. She also led research including analysis of the Egyptian reform movement Kefaya, the early history of al-Qaeda, salafi jihadi networks, insurgent strategies in Iraq, Iranian influence in the Arab world and the radicalization of Muslim youth.
Dr. Oweidat has appeared on various Arabic and English networks including BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Arabiyya, BBC Arabic and National Public Radio. Most recently she was on BBC Arabic for an hour in Dunyana (Our World) show. She also participates in symposiums and speaking engagements around the world.