Nisreen Yonis

Program Assistant, Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC)Phone: (718) 517-3707


Nisreen Yonis is the Program Assistant for the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative (UVC). Building on the SSRC's work in international peace and security, in partnership with other international policy and academic research institutions, Nisreen supports the delivery of experience-based findings, operationally relevant evidence, and policy-oriented research outputs conducted on the complexities of violent conflict, the political marketplace, and public authority in Central Africa, the Horn of Africa, Iraq, and Syria. A Distinguished Delegate at American University’s School of International Studies, Nisreen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University, having studied International Justice with a concentration in Conflict and Development Studies. Prior to joining the SSRC in New York, Nisreen served a tour with the Homeland Project at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camps in the Palestinian Territories and before that, in the Refugee Resettlement Programs at the International Rescue Committee. While in Washington, D.C. Nisreen was responsible for monitoring, compiling, and reporting research data from the Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG) on Israeli settler violence and projectile launches from Gaza for the Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center’s Settler Violence Project. An Orin Kramer & Hillary Ballon Scholar, Nisreen is currently doing a study on the Architecture of Occupation for the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization Program and has written on the relationship between political regime type, the logic of violence, legitimacy, state fragility, and ethnic fractionalization. Nisreen won the 2017 University Research Award and 2017 Best Undergraduate Paper Award. She is currently reading Hollow Land by Eyal Weizman."

Programs and Projects

Understanding Violent Conflict
(Program Assistant)