Diala Alqadi is a Jordanian-American dual citizen who grew up in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates before moving to the United States for college in 2011. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Comparative Studies and Economics from Duke University, with a regional emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. She graduated in 2015 with Highest Distinction for her thesis on an undocumented population in the Emirates, the bidoons (not to be confused with bedouins), and the legal developments that led to their emergence.
During her time in college, Diala was President of Duke Students for Justice in Palestine and a member of the Duke International Relations Association. She was a research assistant to professors at the Duke International Comparative Studies department, and the Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies department. In 2013, she interned at an international NGO in Geneva, Switzerland where she spearheaded a campaign to develop a legal training program to empower Syrian refugees in Jordan with the educational resources necessary to understand and protect their legal rights outside of Syria.
Diala continues to pursue opportunities that focus on global affairs and their effects on Middle Eastern communities. She is excited to be working at The Law Office of Robert Jobe where she learns the intimate experiences of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Southeast Asia and helps them navigate the US immigration system.
B.A. 2015, with highest distinction
Department: International Comparative Studies