Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth Newman

Sociology: Group dynamics, racial identity and inequality, comparative and qualitative research, cultural and organizational sociology.

Elizabeth Newman is a Sociology PhD student. She completed her Master of Art degree in Psychology, focusing on Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Her applied research project explored the psychological effects from working abroad and the importance of reintegration programs. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas (KU) in Sociology. Currently, she serves as a Project Manager for the Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA), a Center of Excellence, located at George Mason University, funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she manages a multi-disciplinary portfolio of research projects. 

Elizabeth has extensive experience with capacity building programs, partnerships, and program management along with 15 years of federal government experience. After graduating from KU, she served two years as an Agroforestry Extension Agent with the Peace Corps. Stationed in a small rural village without running water or electricity outside of Zinder, Niger, in West Africa, Elizabeth completed all work in Hausa (the second most widely spoken language in Africa). 

After completing her service with the Peace Corps, Elizabeth worked at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, Office for Capacity Building and Development, Trade and Scientific Capacity Building, Regulatory, Policy and Compliance Branch, leading trade programs with foreign ministries. She then went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as an Advisor for Private Sector Engagement programs with Fortune 100 and 500 companies. After leaving USAID, Elizabeth worked on an expansive portfolio that included terrorism prevention, domestic violent extremism, misinformation, and foreign interference at the Department of Homeland Security as a Senior Analyst with the Social Science Technology Center within DHS’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. She also worked alongside the Five-Country Ministerial 5RD Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) network to combat threats to US democratic processes, institutions, and society.