Dr. Wheeler holds a PhD in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. Her areas of research include information technology diffusion and impact in the Arab World; Gender and international development; and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She has published widely on the Internet and its impact in the Arab World including most recently a book The Internet in the Middle East: Global Expectations and Local Imaginations in Kuwait (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006). Dr. Wheeler taught for 12 years before joining the Academy including positions at the University of Washington, Penn State University, University of the South, and Earlham College. Dr. Wheeler has extensive travel and research experience in the Middle East including extended stays in Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Wheeler is an international consultant and has most recently completed work for the United Nations Development Program and the Digital Opportunity Trust focusing upon using information technology in boosting human development.