Maryam Z. Deloffre

Maryam Deloffre
Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Initiative
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Areas of Expertise

Humanitarian Governance and Coordination; NGOs; NGO interactions; NGO Accountability; Global Governance; Pandemic response

Maryam Z. Deloffre is Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Initiative at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.

In 2019-2020 Dr. Deloffre was a Senior Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Between 2011-2018, she was an Assistant, then Associate Professor of Political Science at Arcadia University and also served as the Assistant Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program from 2011-2013.

Dr. Deloffre's research explores the nature of global order and how it is organized. Her research on the governance and coordination of global humanitarian and health assistance focuses on collective accountability standard-setting, and the coordination of emergency response. In a related area of research, she investigates the coordination and governance of global pandemic response with empirical focus on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together with Sigrid Quack, a second project investigates NGO-NGO interactions. In this multi-stage book project, they propose a typology of NGO-NGO interactions ranging from conflict to coopetition to collaboration and investigate when and why these interactions occur.

Dr. Deloffre is committed to bridging the gap between the policy world and academia through research, teaching and practice. Her research on policy-relevant pedagogy investigates how to better engage the public; how to teach global policy-making; and how to design, implement and monitor service-learning courses.

Dr. Deloffre teaches graduate courses on humanitarianism, global public health, and global governance in the International Development Studies program.


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