Mimi Kirk, Research Director at MEI from 2013-2015, was formerly editor for the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and for the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. Her publications include Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring (edited with Leila Hudson and Adel Iskandar, Palgrave 2014), Gulf Politics and Economics in a Changing World (edited with Michael C. Hudson, World Scientific 2014), and Palestine and the Palestinians in the Twenty-first Century (edited with Rochelle Davis, Indiana University Press 2013). She holds a B.A. from Haverford College, an M.A. in cultural studies from Emory University, and an M.A. in creative nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her writing has appeared in Middle East Report, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Jadaliyya, and the Atlantic, among others.