Michele Dunne is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focuses on political and economic change in the Middle East, specifically on Egypt, and on U.S. policy towards the region. She was the Founding Director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East from 2011 to 2013, and was a senior associate and editor of the Carnegie Endowment's Arab Reform Bulletin from 2006 to 2011.
From 1986 to 2003, Michele Dunne was a Middle East specialist at the U.S. State Department. She served in roles on the National Security Council, the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Michele served as a professor of Arabic language and Arab Studies at Georgetown University from 2003 to 2006.