Sohaela Amiri

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.P.D. in public diplomacy, University of Southern California


Sohaela Amiri is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her fields of interest include influence dynamics in international affairs, diplomacy, soft power, and foreign policy. Her focus is mainly on non-state and subnational actors such as cities, diaspora groups and immigrants as well as on soft power metrics.

Much of her work at RAND entails impact measurement, system analysis, program evaluation and design, as they relate to foreign policy, international development, global health, disaster response, and media literacy. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Amiri conducted research in public diplomacy, international affairs, and strategic communication, with a focus on evaluation at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD,) where she currently serves as research associate. She has designed evaluation regimes, indices, and initiative frameworks for such organizations as the World Economic Forum, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), on topics ranging from digital media to organizational development.


  • Los Angeles skyline at night, photo by Joecho-16/Getty Images

    Building a Capacity Framework for U.S. City Diplomacy

    As U.S. cities are home to two thirds of the population, the practice of city diplomacy has become essential for local communities to thrive in a globalized society. What are the necessary skills, capabilities, and resources required to craft an effective global engagement strategy?

    Mar 11, 2019 USC Center on Public Diplomacy