Danielle Gilbert

Danielle Gilbert

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Areas of Expertise

Political violence, nationalism and ethnicity, Middle East politics

Major- Comparative Politics

Minor- Research Methods

Danielle (Dani) Gilbert is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the George Washington University, where she studies the causes and consequences of political violence. Her dissertation, "The Logic of Extractive Kidnapping," is a multi-method examination of the hostage-taking strategies of violent, political groups as they perpetrate kidnappings around the world.
She has attended the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) at Syracuse, Bridging the Gap's New Era Foreign Policy Conference, and the Middlebury College Arabic School. Her work has been supported by the Cosmos Club, the Bridging the Gap Project, the Institute for Middle East Studies, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, the Les Aspin '60 Summer Fellowship, and the Georg W. Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Her master's thesis, "No Going Back: Explaining the Distinctive Character of Palestinian Women's Nationalism" compared women's roles in the Egyptian, Algerian, and Palestinian nationalist movements. Her undergraduate thesis, "A House Divided: Determinants of National Identity in the Split Village of Barta'a," was awarded the George Hume Senior Essay Prize in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. 
Prior to GW, Dani spent four years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Appropriations Associate, focusing on foreign policy, health care, women’s issues, and economic policy. She has served on the Political Science Graduate Student Caucus and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Young Invincibles.



  • B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics - Yale University
  • MSc in Comparative Politics: Nationalism & Ethnicity - London School of Economics