Hicham Alaoui is a Research Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is the founder and director of the Hicham Alaoui Foundation, which undertakes innovative social scientific research in the Middle East. He has served on the board of the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University, the MENA Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch, and the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Middle East Center. He is the former Regents Lecturer at University of California at Santa Barbara, and previously served as Consulting Professor at the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at Stanford University. He has also worked with the United Nations in various capacities, such as the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. His academic research has been widely published in various French and English journals, magazines, and newspapers. His memoirs, Journal d'un Prince Banni, was published in 2014 by Éditions Grasset, and has since been translated into several languages. He is author and co-editor of the academic volume, The Political Economy of Arab Education, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in 2021. He earned a BA from Princeton University, MA from Stanford University, and DPhil from Oxford University.