Lillian Frost

Areas of Expertise

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

Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Research Methods

Lillian Frost is a peace and security fellow with the United States Institute of Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative as well as a Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Washington University. Last year (2018–19), she was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her dissertation examines variations in the sets of rights and legal statuses host states offer to different protracted refugee groups over time, including divergences between the content of laws stipulating these rights and the implementation of these laws in practice. In this project, she compares Jordan’s policies from 1946–2018 toward different protracted refugee groups. This research uses over 800 files she collected from the U.S. and British National Archives as well as 200 interviews she conducted in English, Modern Standard Arabic, and Levantine Arabic during 14 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. 


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