Maryam Z. Deloffre

Headshot of Maryam Deloffre

Maryam Z. Deloffre

Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Humanitarian Action Initiative

Full-time Faculty

Department: Humanitarian Action Initiative



Maryam Z. Deloffre is an Associate Professor of International Affairs, Director of Dean’s Scholars and Director of the Humanitarian Action Initiative at the Elliott School of International Affairs; a Mercator Fellow at the DFG Research Training Group – Standards of Global Governance (Germany); and an Associate Senior Fellow at Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany). Between 2011-2018, she was an Assistant, then Associate (with tenure) Professor of Political Science at Arcadia University and also served as the Assistant Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program from 2011-2013.


Dr. Deloffre’s research focuses broadly on the dynamics of global and humanitarian governance, humanitarian standard-setting, humanitarian and non-governmental organization (NGOs) accountability, NGOs, and locally-led humanitarian assistance, and has been published in International Studies Review, Review of International StudiesGlobal Health GovernancePS: Political Science and Politics, and as chapters in edited volumes. Deloffre earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a M.A. in International Relations at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University.

Global governance, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), humanitarianism, humanitarian standard-setting, NGO and humanitarian accountability, locally-led humanitarian assistance

B.A. in Political Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
M.A. in International Relations, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris-Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po),
Ph.D. in Political Science, The George Washington University

IAFF 2101: International Affairs Research Methods

IAFF 3192 Dean's Scholars Workshop

IAFF 6138 Humanitarian Governance and Policy

IAFF 6138 Locally-led Humanitarian Assistance

IAFF 6137 International Development Studies Pre-Capstone Workshop

IAFF 6139 International Development Studies Capstone


Deloffre, Maryam Zarnegar, (2024). "SCHR and Humanitarian Standard-setting: How field dynamics produce coordination and hierarchy," in Hierarchies in Humanitarian Action, Clara Egger (Ed.). Manchester University Press.


Deloffre, Maryam Zarnegar, (2022). “The Power of Doing: Constitutive Steering Practices and the Making of Steering Committees,” in The Why and How of Global Governors: Relational Agency in World Politics, International Studies Review, 24:4.


Deloffre, Maryam Zarnegar (2022) The Sphere Project: Imagining Better Humanitarian Action through Reflective Accountability Institutions and Practices in Imagining Pathways for Global Cooperation, Katja Freistein, Bettina Mahlert, Sigrid Quack, and Christine Unrau (editors). Edward Elgar.


Deloffre, Maryam Zarnegar (2021). “Metagovernance Norms and Polycentricity in Global Humanitarian Governance.” International Studies Review, 23:4.