Madiha Afzal is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her current work examines the links between education and radicalization in Pakistan; elections, voter behavior and legislator performance in Pakistan; and Pakistanis' views of the United States. Dr. Afzal has published in Public Choice. She writes a regular column for The Express Tribune, the Pakistan partner of the International New York Times. She has also written for Foreign Policy. She was named to Lo Spazio della Politica's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. Dr. Afzal has consulted for international organizations including the World Bank and DFID. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland and the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. In the spring of 2014, Dr. Afzal is also a Visiting Research Fellow with IFPRI's Pakistan Strategy Support Program.
Dr. Afzal received her PhD in Economics from Yale University in 2008, specializing in Development Economics and Political Economy. Her dissertation examined voter rationality and legislator behavior in Pakistan and India. She received her Bachelor's degree in Economics (with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2002, where she was ranked first in her graduating class. She grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and Montreal, Canada.