Salma Mousa is a PhD Candidate at Stanford University’s department of political science. Salma’s research uses field experiments to test the potential for intergroup contact to build tolerance, especially between Muslims and non-Muslims. Salma has held fellowships at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab, the Freeman Spogli Institute, and the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development, among others. Salma has also worked as a research consultant for the International Rescue Committee and other refugee resettlement agencies in the U.S., co-designing interventions aimed at integrating refugees.
She holds a B.Sc. in International Politics from Georgetown University in Qatar. There, she researched secular governance, sectarianism, and democratization at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, and the Aljazeera Network. She also worked on launching an online portal to tackle Arab youth unemployment as well as the region’s first Arabic-language school of public policy (the Doha Institute).