K. Elizabeth Salome is a research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She joined AGSIW from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, where she was a research fellow (2015-17) in the Government department. She is a political analyst whose research lies in comparative politics, political theory, social thought, and political economy; her focus is on statecraft, both domestic and international, in times of political and economic transition.
Salome holds a dual master’s in government and international history (distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she defended her dissertation on the historicity of nationalization policy in GCC states, and a bachelor’s in foreign service (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University, where she presented her honors thesis on Tocqueville and temporality in American politics and foreign policy.
She has held senior positions in the private health sector in the Philippines, advising on strategy, policy, and government affairs; has worked in admissions, international recruitment (Middle East and North Africa region), and international education at Northwestern University and Georgetown University; and has held research positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University. She has also lectured and held teaching positions at Georgetown University for classes such as political and social thought, ethics and markets, the philosophy of education, and Tocqueville’s democracy in America.
She has lived in the Caribbean, Western Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and South-East Asia and speaks Arabic, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tagalog.