Isobel Coleman

Senior Fellow, U.S. Foreign Policy,
The Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Isobel Coleman is Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and Director of the Council’s U.S. Foreign Policy and Women program. Her areas of expertise include economic and political development in the Middle East, regional gender issues, educational reform, and microfinance. Her forthcoming book, Quiet Revolution: Women and Social Change in the Middle East, is due for publication in 2007.

Dr. Coleman’s publications have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. Her media experience includes interviews on CNN, CNN International, ABC, BBC, PBS’s “Frontline,” Al-Arabiya, and NPR. She testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, “Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Importance of Women’s Participation in Afghanistan and Iraq,” on March 11, 2004.

Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Coleman was CEO of a health-care services company, and a partner with McKinsey & Co. in New York. She was formerly a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at American University, where she taught political economy. Dr. Coleman holds a D Phil and M Phil in international relations from Oxford University, which she attended on a Marshall Scholarship, and a BA in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University.