Danielle Gilbert

Danielle Gilbert

ESIA, Suite 605

Areas of Expertise

Nationalism and Ethnicity, Identity Formation, and Middle East politics

Major- Comparative Politics

Danielle (Dani) Gilbert is currently a third year PhD student at George Washington University, focusing on political violence, nationalism, and politics of the Middle East. Her current research employs a multi-method approach to examining the variation in media and policy response to the kidnapping of civilians. 
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 in part by the Institute for Middle East Studies, the George Washington University, 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 serves 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