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Social Media Assistant

Tysons Corner, VA
November 19, 2020

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Bahareh Ghonsul Asia 571-***-**** Washington, DC


Department of State experience Iran and Middle East subject matter experience Advanced Persian-English analysis and translation Experienced in Middle East research and analysis Strong communication, writing, editing, and research skills EDUCATION

The George Washington University

M.A. Middle East Studies – May 2020

Thesis: An Analysis of Syrian Refugee Repatriation Decision making Processes The University of Maryland

B.A. Persian Studies B.A. Government and Politics – May 2018 RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Middle East Studies Association January 2020 – Present Research Assistant

• Collaborate with MESA Task Force Committee and the Committee on Academic Freedom on issues relating to defamation of faculty and students, including documentation of online surveillance, monitoring, harassment, and intimidation

• Compile and manage a database using MS Excel on government legislation aimed at punishing advocacy groups, individuals, businesses, and/or institutions

• Assist with research on Task Force about student visa denials for Middle Eastern students

• Prepared and translated a Persian language interview with 30 Iranian students inside Iran U.S. Department of State October 2017 – December 2017 Intern, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

• Drafted daily memos and letters for high-ranking officials and provided administrative support

• Researched current events of the designated countries using media, social media, and academic sources

• Conducted research and external outreach and distributed notes to all members of the office

• Attended meetings with high ranking officials and members of non-governmental organizations; took notes during meetings and distributed notes to all members of the office

• Prepared briefings by producing talking points in advance and distributed to all members of the office

National Defense University February 2017 – May 2017 Assistant Research Analyst

• Conducted research on national security strategies and diplomacy by following current affairs, particularly following the new administration’s national security and diplomacy strategy toward Iran and the Travel Ban

• Conducted research by using sources from social media, media, academic sources, and NDU’s library and database and stored gathered data using Microsoft Excel

• Conducted research using both English and Persian social media sources FREELANCE


Research Assistant October 2018 – April 2019

• Identified, translated, and analyzed fifty sources covering Iran from 2009 to the present-day in support of a journalist writing book focused on Iranian politics and human rights violations The Washington Post

Persian-English Translator April 2015

• Prepared a Persian language report for dissemination to English-speaking audiences and created English subtitles for two Persian video interviews on the persecution of journalists in Iran

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