Isobel Coleman

Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Isobel Coleman is senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and director of the Council’s Women and Foreign Policy program. Her areas of expertise include political and economic development in the Middle East, regional gender issues, educational reform, and microfinance. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications, including Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (2006) and Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President (2008). Her forthcoming book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East, will be published by Random House this spring.

Prior to joining the Council on Foreign Relations, 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 in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University. She serves on numerous non-profit boards, including Student Sponsor Partners and Plan USA.