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 sub-state actors such as cities, diaspora groups and immigrants as well as on soft power metrics and architecture.

Much of her work at RAND entails impact measurement, system analysis, program evaluation and design, as they relate to foreign policy, strategic communication, international development, global health, 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). She has designed evaluation regimes, indices, and initiative frameworks for such organizations as the World Economic Forum, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), on topics ranging from digital media to organizational development.