Aziza Arifkhanova is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a dual degree in economics and international affairs. She also earned her master's degree in economics from Florida State University and studied in the Kiel Institute's Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research in Germany. As a research analyst at the Antimonopoly Policy Improvement Research Center, her primary duties were to work on a grant funded by the International Development Research Center on competition issues in the food supply chain in Uzbekistan. In Tashkent, Arifkhanova wrote for the Banking News newspaper as well. Her policy research interests include economic development, public finance, international relations, environmental issues, and migration in Europe.