Kent E Davis-Packard

Kent E Davis-Packard, PhD

SAIS Women Lead Coordinator
Visiting Research Associate
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History
Middle East Studies

Background and Education

Dr. Kent Davis-Packard is Coordinator of the SAIS Women Lead program, a Visiting Research Associate, and an adjunct professor of Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She developed and directs the SAIS Women Lead curricular program, including its practicum that partners students with public and private organizations on research that advances women. Dr. Davis-Packard piloted Johns Hopkins SAIS's first course on global women's issues: "Transcending Culture: Women as Agents of Change in the International Order." This spring she will teach "Women, Peace, and Security: Moving Beyond the Myth."
 
Dr. Davis-Packard received her PhD in international relations and master's degree in conflict management and economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS; a master's degree in French and romance philology from Columbia University; a comparative literature Maitrise, Lettres Modernes, from the Universite de Paris VIII; and a BA in English and comparative literature summa cum laude from Cornell University. As a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, she studied the influence of returning migrants on local communities and literature.
 
Dr. Davis-Packard has reported on such topics as family law reform, sectarianism and extremism, the women’s movement, labor, and language politics for the Christian Science Monitor and other publications including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. A term and IAF committee member of the Council on Foreign Relations and fluent in French and able in Arabic and Spanish, she has studied or worked in Bosnia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Herzegovina, India, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Senegal, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Yemen. Dr. Davis-Packard's book on contemporary Islamic thought is forthcoming.


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Spring 2015 
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July 5, 2017 
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Dr. Kent Davis-Packard, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History, was interviewed by i24 News on the 'Marry your Rapist Law' in Jordan

July 1, 2017 
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Dr. Kent Davis-Packard, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History, was interviewed by Rob Satloff on the Status of Women Globally, Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, and Davis-Packard's work to establish the curricular program for SAIS Women Lead

February 17, 2017 
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Dr. Kent Davis-Packard, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History, wrote an article for The Wilson Center entitled "Women Behind the Scenes: How Modernity is Catching on Before Law in the United Arab Emirates."

April 1, 2016 
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Dr. Kent Davis-Packard, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History, was a panel member at the conference on "Personal Status Laws in the Gulf States" held at The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.