I am a Fellow for the Middle East and Director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights & Refugees program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver.
I earned my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine in 2017. My doctoral research examined Middle East and North African states as countries of migrant and refugee settlement and my dissertation was titled "Reluctant Reception: Understanding Host State Migration and Refugee Policies in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey." It was chosen for the 2018 Best Dissertation award by the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association and is now under contract as a book manuscript with Cambridge University Press.
My research has been supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship and postdoctoral fellowship, by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and also by project grants from the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), the Kugelman Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS), and the Center for Research on Immigration, Population & Public Policy.
I was previously a research fellow with the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo in Egypt and with the Center for Migration Research at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey. I also studied at the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) with the support of a Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State.
To find out more about my research you can take a look at my blog or email me at
kpnorman (at) gmail (dot) com.
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