The BCARS Directorship represents a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of academia and policy. Led by Denis Sullivan, the Directorship determines BCARS’ policy focus and research themes in collaboration with the Executive Committee.
Founding Director, International Affairs Program, Middle East Studies Program,
Founder, Dialogue of Civilizations Program, Northeastern University
Dr. Sullivan's first program leading students abroad were in Egypt in 1994 and his Dialogue program currently operates in over 50 countries, facilitating international experiential learning for over 1,100 students. Dr. Sullivan is the author of nearly three dozen publications, and has served as a consultant to governments, NGOs, universities, and human rights organizations.
Assistant Director, BCARS
Allyson Hawkins holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, focusing on Human Security and Gender in the Middle East. Her research has examined how refugees integrate into informal economies in Jordan, and she conducted fieldwork investigating what money and financial transactions can reveal about experiences of forced migration as part of the “Financial Journeys of Refugees” project at Tufts University. Additionally, she has conducted research on digital solutions to refugee financial inclusion in Jordan for the German government (GIZ). She has also worked for the Collateral Repair Project (Amman) and AMIDEAST (Tunis).