Associate Fellow

Madiha Afzal is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her current work examines the links between education and radicalization in Pakistan, and elections, voter behavior and legislator performance in Pakistan. Dr. Afzal has published in Public Choice. She writes a regular column for The Express Tribune, and has also written for Foreign Policy and Brookings. She was named to Lo Spazio della Politica’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. Dr. Afzal has been a Consultant at the World Bank and DfiD, and is also a Research Fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), and the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Dr. Afzal received her PhD in Economics from Yale University in 2008, specializing in Development Economics and Political Economy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics (with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2002, where she was ranked first in her graduating class.