Lina Khatib is Programme Manager at the Centre on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. She joined Stanford University from the University of London where she was Associate Professor. Her research is firmly interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersections of politics, media and social factors in relation to the politics of the Middle East. She is also a consultant on Middle East politics and media and has published widely on topics such as new media and Islamism, US public diplomacy towards the Middle East, and political media and conflict in the Arab world. She has an active interest in the link between track two dialogue and democratization policy. She is also Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and, from 2010-2012, Research Fellow at the USC Centre on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School.