Joseph Varano Cushner
AM Candidate in Regional Studies—Middle East
Joseph Varano Cushner is currently a first-year AM student at CMES. Joseph graduated in 2020 with Magna cum laude honors from a dual BA program between Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University. Joseph has previously worked with UN Women in Egypt and Iraq. In Iraq, Joseph worked on female empowerment initiatives targeting displaced Kurdish, Iraqi, and Yazidi women throughout Northern Iraq. Joseph has also worked with various Italian and French NGOs aiding Middle Eastern and African migrants on the French-Italian border. At CMES, Joseph is focusing on Islam, Islamic philosophy, and its application to women in postwar peacebuilding processes.