Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled is a senior lecturer in government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and an external faculty affiliate at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government's Public Diplomacy Collaborative. She specializes in international political economy (with a focus on the Middle East), business-government relations, and international higher education. Alisa also serves as the founding academic director of the Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy, IDC's honors program in government. She completed her Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies at Harvard University and her M.A. in international economics and finance at Brandeis University. Alisa's book The American Ivory Tower Overseas: Localization and the Rise of US Higher Education in the Arab World is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Her first book, Debating Islam in the Jewish State (State University of New York Press, 2001), examines the development of Israeli policy towards the religious institutions of the state's Muslim citizens.