Dani Gilbert is a PhD student at George Washington University, where she studies political violence, nationalism, and politics of the Middle East. Her research examines hostage taking by non-state groups and employs a multi-method approach to examining the variation in media and policy response to the kidnapping of civilians. She has attended the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) at Syracuse, Bridging the Gap’s New Era Foreign Policy Conference, and the Middlebury College Arabic School. Her work has been supported in part by the Institute for Middle East Studies, the George Washington University, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, the Les Aspin ’60 Summer Fellowship, and the Georg W. Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Prior to GW, Dani spent four years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Appropriations Associate, focusing on foreign policy, health care, women’s issues, and economic policy. She holds master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and George Washington University and a B.A. from Yale. She participated in Bridging the Gap’s New Era Foreign Policy program in 2012.