Lillian Frost

Lillian Frost

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Areas of Expertise

Citizenship, forced migration, nationalism, identity, security, gender, and Middle East politics

Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Research Methods

Lillian Frost is a research fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at George Washington University. In 2019–20, she will be a United States Institute of Peace-Minerva Fellow. Focusing on cases in Jordan, her dissertation examines variations in the sets of rights and legal statuses host states offer to protracted refugee groups, including divergences between laws and their implementation. Her research engages over 800 files she collected from the U.S. and British National Archives as well as 180 semi-structured interviews she conducted in English, Modern Standard Arabic, and Levantine Arabic over 13 months of fieldwork in Jordan from 2016–19. She has received support for her research from the Fulbright Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Project on Middle East Political Science, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, and Maastricht University’s Centre for Citizenship, Migration, and Development. She received her M.P.P. and B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia.


M.A. Political Science, George Washington University, 2016
M.P.P. Public Policy, University of Virginia, 2012

B.A. Political & Social Thought and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, 2011