Dr. Kent Davis-Packard
Dr. Kent Davis-Packard's Story
Kent Davis-Packard is an adjunct professor of Middle East Studies and American Foreign Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she is also launching the curricular programming for SAIS Women Lead. Most recently, she was co-Executive Director of Women's Learning Partnership, a partnership of 20 international women's organizations located in primarily Muslim-majority countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Middle East studies and international law from 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. She also managed the Egypt Desk's human rights portfolio and 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 able in Arabic and Spanish, 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. She is an Editor of the Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN) Journal based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her book on contemporary Islamic thought is forthcoming.