Paradise Beneath Her Feet
Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Dr. Coleman travels throughout the greater
Middle East to reveal how women across the Muslim world are working
within the tenets of Islam to create opportunities for women, arguing
that these efforts are critical to the region’s economic and political
Isobel Coleman is Senior
Fellow for US Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New
York, where she focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. She is also
directs the Council’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Her areas of
expertise include democratization, civil society, economic development,
regional gender issues, educational reform, and microfinance. In
addition to Paradise Beneath Her Feet, she has also authored and co-authored numerous publications, including Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next and Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security. Her writings have also appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and online venues such as the Huffington Post.
In 2010, she is also serving as a track leader for the Clinton Global
Initiative. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Coleman was CEO of a
healthcare services company and a partner with McKinsey & Co. in
New York. A Marshall Scholar, she holds a DPhil and MPhil in
international relations from Oxford University and a BA from Princeton
University. She serves on several non-profit boards, including Plan USA
and Student Sponsor Partners.
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