Susan Cersosimo

Susan Cersosimo was an Associate Research Fellow at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) between January and March, 2018. She graduated with a B.A. in Human Services (Law, Sociology and Psychology synthesis) from the University of Holy Names, USA, and earned a Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at University of California, San Diego with a focus on international development and security studies in the Pacific Rim and the Middle East North Africa (MENA).
Susan has over 15 years' program and project management experience in the utilities, human services, refugee resettlement, government, healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
Prior to working at MERI, she served as US-based Assistant Director, Program Manager and Case Manager of Kurdish Human Rights Watch (KHRW), a non-profit, international humanitarian organization founded to provide reception and placement services for refugees and asylees and economic development services for the poor and US military veterans to help all become self-sufficient. Her research interests include poverty alleviation, protection for the displaced, conflict resolution, stabilization and reconstruction, post-war security issues, and state-building and democratization in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

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