Dr. Miriam (Mimi) Mendelson has a PhD in Public Administration with combined coursework in Political Science with a research focus on counter-terrorism and counter-radicalism. Her doctoral dissertation was on extremism vs. moderation in the Arab/Islamic world. She also holds degrees in psychology and counseling, specializing in power, stress, conflict and violence. Dr. Mendelson has done field research in countries throughout the Middle-East, including in the West Bank and Arab communities in Israel. She has worked for the US Army in Iraq as a researcher on counterinsurgency and done an independent film project on the Arab Spring in Egypt. She currently resides in Tel Aviv, Israel, having made aliyah from New York City three years ago.