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About Debbie Trent

Debbie Trent Deborah L. Trent, Ph.D. 4408 Puller Drive, Kensington, MD, 20895 trent.deborah@gmail.com ~ 301.814.0149 Work Experience Editor and supervisor, book project on the past, present, and future of U.S. public diplomacy; web content lead for Public Diplomacy Council’s 2013 Fall Forum, 2013-present. Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University School of International Service International Communication Program, Spring, 2014 course: Global and Comparative Perspectives on Public Diplomacy (course blog: https://edspace.american.edu/sis628/). Consultant to the Global Humanities Institute, Montgomery College, Maryland, 2013-2014. Coordinator and Co-chair, Public Diplomacy Council Fall Forum, http://publicdiplomacycouncil.org/2013-fall-forum, U.S. Department of State, 2013. U.S. Interview Team Member, Institute for Migration Studies, Lebanese American University, “Home Politics Abroad: The Role of the Lebanese Diaspora in Conflict, Peace Building and Democratic Development,” 2011. Site Visit Coordinator, GW Seminar on Public Sector Management in the U.S. for Vietnamese Ministry Officials, 2010. Research Fellow, Arab American Institute, Washington, D.C., 2009-2010. Teaching Assistant for MPA capstones, introduction to public policy, and international development policy and administration, GW Trachtenberg School, 2007-2009. Research Coordinator, Center for Innovation in Public Service, GW Trachtenberg School and BearingPoint, 2004-2007. Co-Founder and Secretary, Global Innovation and Development, Inc., a non-profit international education and training consultancy (no longer operational), 2001-2003. Consultant to colleges, universities, and education organizations designing and expanding international research, curriculum, faculty, and development projects, 1998-200. Coordinator, college and university partnerships, and Co-Manager/Supervisor, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, U.S. Information Agency (USIA), 1992-1998. Fulbright Program Manager, USIA, 1985-1992. Presidential Management Intern: U.S. Customs Service, 1983-1985; USIA, 1985. Education Doctor of Philosophy, Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, 2012. Dissertation: Transnational, Trans-Sectarian Engagement: A Revised Approach to U.S. Public Diplomacy in Lebanon. Master of Public Administration, The George Washington University, concentration in Budget and Public Finance, 1983. Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Georgetown University, Russian and Arabic Language Studies, 1979. Areas of Teaching Ability International relations, global educational administration, public/cultural diplomacy, public administration/policy, research methodology/ethics, government-media relations, (international) education administration, diaspora/migration studies, globalization/global conflict, project management, multi-stakeholder/network management. Other Professional Activities Participant, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) in Peacebuilding Community of Practice (AU and other partners), 2014. Manuscript reviewer, Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 2013, and Journal of Development and Social Transformation, 2008. Invited lecturer, Georgetown University advanced undergraduate seminar on public diplomacy, spring, 2010. Contributor, “Pilot Project for The Democracy Workshop,” by Robert Stoker, Eric Lawrence, Wilhelmine Miller, Lori Brainard, and John Dryzek, GW Institute of Public Policy, http://www.gwu.edu/~gwipp/Democracy%20Workshop%20Pilot%20Report.pdf, January, 2009. GW proposal team member, U.S. Agency for International Development-sponsored project for senior-level Iraqi government officials, spring, 2008. Contributor, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Self- Study Report, by Kathryn E. Newcomer, GW Department of Public Administration, August, 1986. Publications “Peacebuilding’s Vital Role in National Security: Best Value for Impact at All Levels.” (2013). http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/2013/09/)peacebuildings-vital-role-in-national-security-best-value-for-impact-at-all-levels Khaldoun AbouAssi and Deborah L. Trent. (2013). “Understanding Local Participation amidst Challenges: Evidence from Lebanon in the Global South.” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 24(4): 1113-37. "American Diaspora Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Lebanese Americans." (2012). Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Hague, http://www.clingendael.nl/publications/2012/20121206_discussionpaperindiplomacy_125_trent_beveiligd.pdf James Edwin Kee, Kathryn E. Newcomer, Deborah L. Trent, Valerie Oster, Sasha Rosen, Dan Proudfoot, Whitney Setzer, Mike Davis, and Allen Cermak. (2007, April). Leading Change, Managing Risk: The Leadership Role in Public Sector Transformations. Report of the Center for Innovation in Public Service, GW and BearingPoint. Kathryn E. Newcomer, Deborah L. Trent, Brent Bushey, Charlene Johnson, Mike Davis, and Allen Cermak. (2006, October). A Strategic Framework for Implementation of Human Capital Management in the Federal Government. Report of the Center for Innovation in Public Service, GW and BearingPoint. “Partnership Program Strengthens U.S.-NIS University Linkages.” (1997). USIA World 15(4): 12-13. “155 Muskie Fellows from the Former Soviet Union Begin Their Studies in the U.S.” (1993). USIA World 12(3): 11. “Algeria Country Note.” (1990). National Geographic Atlas of the World, 6th ed.: 127. Conference Papers “Multiple Meanings of Public Diplomacy: Identity Crisis or Predictable Growing Pains?” Presented at the annual convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, California, April 3-6, 2013. “Limits and Possibilities: U.S. Government Public Diplomacy and International Development in Lebanon,” annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2-6, 2012. “Exploring Diaspora Diplomacy through the Case of U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Lebanon,” annual conference of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, March 16-19, 2011. “Governance of U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Lebanon: A Study of U.S. – Transnational Civil Society Relations,” annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action, Alexandria, Virginia, November 18-20, 2010. “Governance of U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Lebanon: An Exploratory Study of U.S.-Transnational Civil Society Relations,” annual conference of the Public Administration Theory Network, University of Nebraska, Omaha, May 20-23, 2010. Kathryn E. Newcomer and Deborah L. Trent, “Improving and Sustaining Authentic Collaboration in the New Public Service,” annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration, Washington, D.C., March 23-27, 2007. “Building a ‘Globalization-Ready’ Partnership,” annual conference of Community Colleges for International Development, Tucson, Arizona, February 15-18, 2003. Other Presentations Undergraduate seminar talk on humanitarian intervention in the Syrian civil war by U.S., transnational, and Lebanese NGOs, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, October 3, 2012. Panel chair, “The Middle East in the West: Diasporas and Identities,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 2, 2011. “Sensemaking of U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Lebanon: A Study of Cross-Sector, Transnational Engagement,” seminars at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center, Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon, May 5, 2011, and at the Lebanese American University, Institute for Migration Studies, Beirut, May 10, 2011. Panel chair/discussant, “Ethics and Public Service Values,” annual conference of the Public Administration Theory Network, University of Nebraska, Omaha, May, 23, 2010. Invited discussant, GW Institute for Global and International Studies, Research Seminar on “Diasporas and Identity: A Framework for Understanding Potential Threats and Contributions,” by Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, Ph.D., October 27, 2007. Invited substitute presenter/discussant on “Diasporas and the Economic Development of Their Former Homelands,” by Milton J. Esman, Ph.D., at GW research workshop: “The Role of Diasporas in Developing the Homeland,” June 16, 2006. Panelist representing USIA’s Fulbright programs at meetings of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of College and University Offices, American Council on International Intercultural Education, Middle East Studies Association, National Council for Resource Development, 1988-1998. Recognition 2011 Co-recipient, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice Collaborative Social Justice Award. 2007-2008 Sar and Brita Levitan Fellowship in Public Policy and Administration. 1998 U.S. Information Agency Certificate of Appreciation for Significant Contributions to Global Understanding. 1992 Featured in “Job Sharing: Is It For You?” Federal Times (June 1). 1987 Certificate of Appreciation for fundraising efforts, Presidential Management Alumni Group. 1983-1985 Presidential Management Internship. 1983 Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society (Treasurer, GW Chapter, 1988-1990). 1978-1979 Georgetown U. Co-Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Grant. Research team conducted a critical content analysis, with some translation, of the Soviet Russian journal, Iunost’ (youth). 1978 Georgetown U. Nominee, Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad grant, Cairo, Egypt. Proposed to study modern Egyptian literature, sociology, and Arabic. 1978 Johns Hopkins U. School of Advanced International Studies, Arabic Study Fellowships from Mobil Oil Corporation and the Sultanate of Oman (summer). 1978 Georgetown U., Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society. Training Arab American Culture Two-Day Educator Workshop, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, June 24-25, 2011. GW Graduate Teaching Assistant Program, spring, 2008. Faculty Development Workshop: Strategies for Teaching International Negotiation, GW Center for International Business and Education Research, June 12-16, 2007. Ten-Day Leadership Training in citizen leadership and community organizing, Industrial Areas Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November, 2003. Scholarly and Professional Affiliations Alliance for Peacebuilding American Society for Public Administration Arab American Institute Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action GW Diaspora Research Program International Studies Association (Public Diplomacy Working Group, 2010-present) Middle East Institute Middle East Studies Association Public Administration Theory Network Public Diplomacy Alumni Association Public Diplomacy Council Volunteering and Citizen Engagement Stewardship Team member, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda, MD, 2013-present. Friends of AIM (Action In Montgomery, MD) grassroots fundraising campaign member, 2013-present. Greater Washington Immigration Filmfest screening committee member, 2014. GW Trachtenberg 50th Anniversary Policy Forum Planning Committee and Alumni Awards Committee, 2012-2013. Organized brown-bag seminar by Dr. Guita Hourani (Director, Lebanese Emigration Research Center, Notre Dame University, Lebanon), “The Socioeconomic Mobility and Political Participation of the Kurds of Lebanon: Does Naturalization Matter?” at the GW Institute for Middle East Studies-GW Diaspora Research Program, September 13, 2011. Alumna evaluator, GW MPA Capstone Projects, 2010-2011. Leader, Action In Montgomery (Maryland), Industrial Areas Foundation, 2000-present. Religious education teacher, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda, MD, 1990’s & 2014-14. Past president and other offices, neighborhood civic association, 1995-1998. Co-chair, Environmental Task Force and Social Justice Council, Cedar Lane, 1994-2004. Appointed member, GW Public Administration Alumni Advisory Council, 1988-1992. Alumni Mentor Program for GW MPA students, 1985-2009. Presidential Management Alumni Group, 1985-1998. Host to Fulbright scholars and other international visitors sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, 1984-2009.
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