Albana Shehaj is the program manager at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). A political scientist by training, Shehaj specializes in international political economy, artificial intelligence, and democratic developments. She has more than a decade of experience in organizing, executing, and managing social science research projects with concrete policy impact.
Through her academic work, conducted previously as a visiting scholar at CES and at the department of political science and the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan, Shehaj has collaborated with academics, students, and policymakers to develop and implement academic initiatives and funding programs to support inter-university scientific research and to provide intensive academic leadership through university course instruction and student mentoring.
In addition to her academic work, Shehaj’s professional experiences include working with policymakers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and the United States Department of State’s National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) to evaluate and monitor policy initiatives focused on security, Artificial Intelligence, and economic developments. Her broader interests include accountability, economic reform, digitalization, migration, and democratization in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans Countries.
Shehaj holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, where she also received an M.A. in international relations and methodology, and a B.A. in political science and computer science.
For additional information about Shehaj’s research and professional experiences, see her website and other works.
Program Manager, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Visiting Scholar 2019-2021, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
What drives recent changes in the landscape of foreign direct investments (FDI) in Western Balkan states and what are the socioeconomic implications of such changes? The emerging economies of the Western Balkan countries (WB6) of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Montenegro, North Macedonia (NM), Kosovo, and Serbia have much to benefit from foreign direct investment (FDI).