Dr. Audra Grant is a senior research scientist in the International Programs Department at NORC.
Grant works primarily in fragile, conflict-affected settings in Africa. Her work seeks to further understanding of how vulnerable populations, particularly women, girls and youth are affected by instability, violence, terrorism and crisis, as well as the extent to which vulnerable populations' perspectives and leadership contribute to enduring solutions. Her projects at NORC have addressed numerous issues, from illicit trade and organized crime in southern Africa and youth violence and conflict resolution in Burundi, to child labor in the cocoa sectors of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire and women's economic and political empowerment in Morocco and Libya. Grant, with over 15 years of experience, has worked in over 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, providing policy and program advice to agencies within the USG and numerous international donors. At NORC, Grant applies mixed methodological strategies to her work, specializing in qualitative approaches.
Grant has held senior positions at RAND and was a career analyst at the U.S. Department of State / INR. She is a former adjunct professor at the George Washington University, New York University and assistant professor at Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco.
Her recent publications include “Cashing in on Fragility: AQIM and Crime in the Sahelo-Saharan Region,” in Terrorist Criminal Enterprises: Financing Terrorism through Organized Crime, New York: Praeger Publishing, 2018. “US Policy in the Sahel: Shifting Strategies amid Shifting Threats in a Volatile Region,” in The Security-Migration-Development Nexus Revised: A Perspective from the Sahel, Rome, Italy: Foundation for European Progressive Studies Institute, 2018.