Cherie J. Farrell

Cherie J. Farrell leads the research center's advocacy, policy, and research efforts.  She started the non-profit with Dr. Houman Sadri and served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2010 through 2015. She is currently a Ph.D. student in political science at Florida International University (FIU) in the Department of Politics and International Relations with concentration in international relations and comparative politics.  Her research includes the study of security and political violence and her geographic areas of interest are the Middle East and post-Soviet regions. She earned her Master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in international relations and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.

She currently works in the area of American constitutional law in Washington, DC engaging in the research and analysis of complex constitutional and policy issues regarding the U.S. Constitution; state constitutions; local, state, and federal statutes, regulations, and rules. Her prior work includes teaching seminars in American national government and local and state government at Eastern Florida State College.

She is experienced in identifying, researching, collecting, analyzing information, and drafting reports/papers on both domestic and international issues including political, security, social, and economic developments.  She is currently working on projects pertaining to Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Persian Gulf security and social movements in the post-Soviet space.

Her current and past involvement in organizations includes International Studies Association (ISA); American Political Science Association (APSA); Florida Political Science Association (FPSA); International Political Science Association (ISPA); Women in International Security (WIIS); Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP); Iranian American Society (IAS); Titusville Soccer Club (TSC), Executive Board Member-Treasurer; UCF Alumni Association; and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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