Public Diplomacy Fellow, 2014-2015
Patricia Kabra is a career member of the senior Foreign Service with the rank of minister-counselor and the Public Diplomacy diplomatic fellow at the Institute of Public Diplomacy and Global Communications. Ms. Kabra has over twenty years of diplomatic service in the Middle East and at the Department of State in Washington, DC. She has been posted overseas as a Public Diplomacy Officer in Damascus, Jerusalem, Doha, Tunis and Cairo. In Washington, she served as Deputy Director for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau at the Department of State. Throughout her career, she has managed strategy for public diplomacy and public affairs, including press activities; strategic messaging; cultural and educational exchanges; projects and grants. Her most recent position before joining IPDGC for the 2014-15 academic year was at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo where she served as the Public Affairs Counselor.
In addition to government service, Dr. Kabra previously taught History, Philosophy, Humanities, Sociology, English, and Islamic Studies to undergraduate students at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. and the Los Angeles Community College system.
Patricia Kabra received a Ph.D from the University of California Los Angeles in the History of the Middle East; an M.A. from Pennsylvania State University in the History of the Middle East and Africa; and B.A. from Penn State in Philosophy and Fine Arts. She has received numerous awards over her career, including State Department awards for superior and meritorious service, as well as a civilian Department of Defense award. She speaks fluent Arabic and French.