Naima Green-Riley

Atlantic Council — Nonresident Fellow, Digital Forensic Research Lab
Department of Government, Harvard University — Ph.D. Candidate

Naima Green-Riley is a Ph.D. Candidate and Raymond Vernon Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University and a Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. Following her doctoral defense, she will be joining the faculties of the Department of Politics and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.  Naima specializes in Chinese foreign policy, with a focus on public diplomacy and the global information space. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science (JEPS) and it has appeared in various public-facing outlets, including The Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post, the Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia Series of the National Bureau of Asian Research, The Diplomat, and The Root. She is a 2017 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow and a recipient of the 2020 Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Dissertation-Writing Grant at Harvard University. Her work has been supported by the Morris Abrams Award in International Relations, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Naima’s academic work intersects with her contributions to global development and diplomacy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America. Before pursuing her Ph.D., Naima was a Pickering Fellow and a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, and she served in Egypt and China. She is a Schmidt Futures 2020 International Strategy Fellow and a 2020 New America Black American Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader.  Naima received a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in International Relations with honors from Stanford University. She was a Belfer Center International and Global Affairs Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, where she graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP). She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and she maintains an intermediate-level proficiency in Arabic.

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