Message from the President

Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Melina Platas

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Melina Platas is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on the politics of service delivery, political accountability, and the role of identity and culture in shaping economic and political outcomes. She is writing a book on the Muslim-Christian education gap in Africa, a region where she has worked and conducted fieldwork in eight countries since 2005. She writes for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and is a participant on radio and television media in Uganda, where she previously worked as a reporter. She holds a PhD in Political science and BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.




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