Kent Davis-Packard Headshot Kent Davis-Packard

Kent Davis-Packard is co-Executive Director of Women’s Learning Partnership. She holds a Ph.D. in Middle East studies and international law from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2014-2015, she was a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Guest Scholar and lecturer at the American University in Cairo. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Davis-Packard played a key role in launching the State Department’s Women in Public Service Project. Most recently she managed the Egypt Desk’s human rights portfolio. Davis-Packard also served as a U.S. Department of Defense country desk officer in Iraq; and as a U.S. Department of State political officer in Syria.   Davis-Packard holds a masters degree in conflict management and economics from SAIS; a masters degree in French and romance philology from Columbia University; a comparative literature Maitrise, Lettres Modernes, from the Universite de Paris VIII; and a BA in English and Comparative Literature summa cum laude from Cornell University. As a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, she studied the influence of returning migrants on local communities.Davis-Packard has reported on such topics as family law reform, sectarianism and extremism, the women’s movement, labor, and language politics for the Christian Science Monitor and other publications including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.  A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and fluent in French and Arabic, she has studied or worked in Bosnia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Herzegovina, India, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Senegal, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Yemen.  Her book on contemporary Islamic thought is forthcoming.

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