Patricia K Kabra

Professorial Lecturer
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Areas of Expertise

Public Diplomacy, Public Affairs, Diplomatic Studies, Strategic Planning, Middle East and North Africa

Patricia Kabra is a Senior Advisor in the Resources, Policy and Planning Office of the Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and holds the rank of Minister Counselor. In 2014-15, she served as the Public Diplomacy diplomatic fellow at the Institute of Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (IPDGC) of George Washington University. Ms. Kabra has over twenty years of diplomatic service in the Middle East and at the Department of State in Washington, DC. She has been posted overseas as a Public Diplomacy Officer in Damascus, Jerusalem, Doha, Tunis and Cairo. In Washington, she served as Managing Director for Policy and Planning for the Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and as Deputy Director for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau. Throughout her career, she has managed strategy for implementing public diplomacy and public affairs programs and initiatives.

Patricia Kabra received a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles in the History of the Middle East; an M.A. from Pennsylvania State University in the History of the Middle East and Africa; and B.A. from Penn State in Philosophy and Fine Arts. She has received numerous awards over her career, including State Department awards for superior and meritorious service, as well as a civilian Department of Defense award. She speaks fluent Arabic and French.


Current Research

Public Diplomacy


Ph.D, UCLA; MA and BA, Pennsylvania State University

Classes Taught

Communication and International Diplomacy; Media and Foreign Policy; Public Diplomacy