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I am committed to devising public policies to enhance employment and education opportunities for women, refugees and other marginalized groups in South Asia. Currently, I am working with the local community at the Rohingya refugee camps to improve mental and fiscal wellbeing of refugees. In collaboration with the local and international NGOs, I am also working on designing interventions to enhance education and health outcomes of women and children leveraging mobile technologies in these camps in Bangladesh.

Dr. Zahra’s recent article, “Closing the Education Gap: Time to Step Up for Refugee Children,” co-authored with Nancy Hornberger, Professor Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, was published on the Child & Family Blog in February 2021.

Research Interest:

I study human development in marginalized settings especially in the context of forced displacement.


Hussam, Reshmaan, Erin M. Kelley, Gregory Lane, and Fatima Zahra. “The Psychosocial Value of Employment.” NBER Working Paper Series, No. 28924, June 2021.