Danielle Higgins is a Political Science doctoral student in the Department of Government at American University’s School of Public Affairs. Danielle specializes in Comparative Politics, with a secondary focus on American Politics. Her research revolves around female political participation, especially in terms of parliamentary representation, both globally and within the Muslim-majority world. Some of her broader research interests include social movements, protest participation, political violence, democratization, authoritarianism and human rights.<br />
She attended Brandeis University for her M.A. in Politics. She is a 2012 graduate of New York University where she won the Dean's Award for Political Science for her honors thesis on the factors that drive support for Political Islam.