Emily Whalen is a historian of U.S. foreign policy and of the Middle East. Dr. Whalen earned her PhD in international history at the University of Texas at Austin in 2020. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security, an Ernest May fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Smith Richardson Foundation predoctoral fellow at Yale’s International Security Studies program, and an affiliated scholar at the American University of Beirut's Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. The P.E.O. Sisterhood and the American Association of University Women have also supported her work. Previously, Emily worked as a historical consultant for the EastWest Institute, an international, nongovernmental think tank specializing in track 2 diplomacy.