Jessica Genauer is undertaking research for a PhD dissertation examining the impact of election system design during periods of regime transition in the Middle East and North Africa. Jessica’s research utilizes interviews, voting data, and public opinion surveys to examine the process and impact of election system design during recent periods of regime transition in Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Tunisia. Jessica completed a Bachelor of Arts / Asian Studies at ANU in 2006 majoring in development studies, Vietnamese language, and Arabic language. Jessica completed a Masters of Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2011, awarded a Dean’s List of Excellence honor. Jessica has worked as an academic researcher, professional and academic editor, as fundraising officer and project manager in the non-government sector, and as an English teacher. Jessica has lived, worked, and studied in diverse settings including in South Africa, the UK, the United States, Vietnam, and in the Middle East.