Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen is the director of Arab-Israeli conflict programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she focuses on the role of Israeli and Palestinian civil society in peacebuilding efforts, and the interplay of grassroots and Track II efforts with official diplomacy. She is the co-author and author, respectively, of chapters on Israeli and Palestinian religious peacebuilding efforts for two different USIP publications: Facilitating Dialogue, USIP’s Work in Conflict Zones (2012), and Women, Religion and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (2015). Kurtzer-Ellenbogen joined USIP in 2010 as a doctoral candidate in Arabic linguistics, and having worked with the U.S. Department of State as an Arabic language specialist. Previously, as a program officer at the Kennedy School of Government’s Middle East Initiative, Kurtzer-Ellenbogen managed work on the Israeli, Palestinian, and Saudi Arabian portfolios. Trained in sociolinguistics and Middle East studies, and proficient in Hebrew and Arabic, her graduate research focused on presentation of social identity in Arabic media and political discourse, with an emphasis on the Arabic language press of the Arab citizen community in Israel. Her professional and academic career has taken her throughout the Middle East, with considerable time spent in Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Yemen. She holds a bachelor's degree in Arabic and French from Georgetown University, and a master's degree from Georgetown's Arabic department with a dual concentration in linguistics and Arab area studies.