Danielle Higgins is a Political Science doctoral student in the Department of Government at American University’s School of Public Affairs. Danielle specializes in Comparative Politics, with a secondary focus on American Politics. Her research revolves around female political participation, especially in terms of parliamentary representation, both globally and within the Muslim-majority world. Some of her broader research interests include social movements, protest participation, political violence, democratization, authoritarianism and human rights.

She attended Brandeis University for her M.A. in Politics. She is a 2012 graduate of New York University where she won the Dean's Award for Political Science for her honors thesis on the factors that drive support for Political Islam.