The Institute for Global Engagement is pleased to announce that Kristen Lundquist will join the organization as Program Officer for Religion, Security, and Gender. In this position Lundquist will oversee IGE’s Women for Peace initiative and its initiatives in majority-Muslim countries. She will also provide management and consultation on all IGE foundation proposals and grants.

Prior to her tenure at IGE, Lundquist served as a consultant to numerous women’s NGOs in program management, research and analysis, development, and communications. In 2005, she lived in the Middle East, namely in Egypt, Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, and Jordan, examining women’s roles in Christian-Muslim relations and U.S.-Middle East foreign policy. Her research interests focus on the role of women of faith in peacekeeping efforts within majority-Muslim societies.

She holds an M.A. in World History from Eastern Illinois University, and a B.A. in Ancient History and a B.A. in Biblical Studies with a focus on Near East Languages from Northwestern College. She also holds a certificate in Religion and Conflict Resolution from Nyack College.