Sophie Zinser

Former Academy Associate, Middle East North Africa Programme and Asia-Pacific Programme

Sophie Zinser


Sophie provides analysis on China’s role in the Middle East and South and Central Asia, with a particular focus on the US’s role in the burgeoning China-Middle East relationship. She also works on forced labour and migration issues in the Middle East and Asia.

A former Fulbright Scholar in Amman, Jordan and Schwarzman Scholar with a Masters in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, Sophie has worked for five years on policy across the Middle East and Asia with both United Nations and grassroots organizations.

An American and Connecticut native, Sophie graduated from Wesleyan University with Honours in the Humanities and French. In addition to her native English, Sophie has working proficiency in French, Arabic and Chinese.


Past experience

2020-2021 Researcher, United Nations University, Macau and Hong Kong
2019-2020 Schwarzman Scholar, Tsinghua University, Beijing
2018-2019 Deputy Director, Syria Direct, Amman, Jordan
2017-2018 Fulbright Research Fellow, Amman, Jordan
2016-2017 Program Assistant, Emergency Unit, International Rescue Committee

Field Organizer, Democratic Party