Rashid Al Thani, Nayla profile picMA Graduate – Class of 2017

I was born and raised in Qatar, a small state in the Arabian Peninsula. I recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar. My interest in comparative politics lead me to undertake political science as a concentration and obtain a Middle Eastern studies certificate. I was involved in several research ventures during my university years. I became a research assistant for a year and focused mainly on translating political articles from Arabic to English. The next year, I was part of a research grant that revolved around Qatari women’s engagement and empowerment. I contributed to a research paper which I later presented in Washington D.C. at the Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference. Later, I presented a film about the research at a Doha Film Institute festival. The research strengthened my interest towards topics of female empowerment and education. Part of Qatar’s 2030 vision is to become a knowledge based economy and depend less on oil and gas as a source of income. Thus, I want to embody this change by delving into the world of education and academia. Education is one of the most important contributors to women empowerment. I intend on becoming a part time professor to share my expertise and knowledge in order to raise awareness on women’s advancement.

Research Interests

I am interested in pursuing my research in women’s empowerment via comparative analysis. This will help me analyze the key contributors to women’s empowerment on a global scale and relate it to the different evolutions of women and the effect of education systems. This research will allow me to understand the impact of globalization on gender diversity and women’s leadership. Ultimately I want to draw conclusions about what empowers women and how women can achieve a state of equality in all pillars of a progressive country.


  • B.S, Journalism, Northwestern University in Qatar, 2012-2015