Alexandra Gutowski is a Counterterrorism Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War where she focuses on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in its core terrain of Iraq and Syria. She recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in the United Kingdom where she obtained a Master's in Defense, Development, and Diplomacy at Durham University and conducted research on Shi’a insurgent groups. While in the UK, she advised companies on Middle East market entry for KPMG's London advisory practice and taught the firm's open source intelligence course.
She is a 2013 graduate of Pomona College, where she studied International Relations and Arabic. She has advanced proficiency in Arabic and basic proficiency in Persian and has studied and worked in Muscat, Amman, and Doha. She has previously interned with Human Rights Watch, the State Department, and the Brookings Institution.