Linda Bishai is the director of North Africa Programs at USIP. She has focused on peacebuilding education and training, electoral violence prevention, countering violent extremism and security sector/community dialogue. Bishai was responsible for a series of programs on electoral violence prevention in Sudan before the general elections and the South Sudan referendum and co-teaches the Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa course at USIP. She has also worked on police/community dialogue programming and developing violence prevention programming for upcoming elections in Africa. Bishai has worked with university educators to support peacebuilding concepts and courses in diverse fields and curricula.
Before USIP, Bishai was an assistant professor of political science at Towson University, teaching courses in international relations, international law, the use of force and human rights. She currently teaches international law and the use of force as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University. She has also taught at Brunel University, the London School of Economics, the University of Stockholm and Georgetown University.
Her research interests include identity politics, liberal internationalism, and the international use of force. During 2003-2004, Bishai served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, where she worked on an introduction to international human rights law for the federal judiciary. Bishai holds a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.