Maryam Z. Deloffre

Associate Professor, Historical and Political Studies

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About Me

Dr. Deloffre’s research lies at the intersection of international relations and organizational theory and specifically explores questions of international non-governmental organization (NGO) accountability; NGO self-regulation; global governance; and transnational NGO interactions with states, the military, the media and other NGOs. She is also interested in humanitarianism, NGO management and qualitative methodology.  She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the emergence and development of transnational self-regulatory NGO accountability institutions, such as the Sphere Project, Humanitarian Accountability Partnership-International and COMPAS Qualité. She was formerly a guest blogger at the political science blog, The Duck of Minerva, find her blog posts here.

Dr. Deloffre teaches undergraduate courses in Comparative Politics and International Organization and graduate courses on NGOs in International Politics, NGO Management, International Organization and Qualitative Methodology. She strives to create interactive learning environments that introduce students to cutting-edge theory and research, while supplying opportunities to engage in applied learning. In her NGO Management course, students work on semester-long service learning projects coordinated with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a peace and justice NGO based in Philadelphia. Students hone NGO management skills by working closely with AFSC staff on projects including program evaluation, program planning and grant development.

Dr. Deloffre earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a M.A. in International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris-Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), and her Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University. 

Areas Of Focus

Transnational NGO accountability; NGO self-regulation; global governance; humanitarianism; human security; NGO relations with states, military, media and other NGOs

English, French


Contentious Politics in the United States: What role for political scientists?

Article, (2017) PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 50, Issue 4, 985-989

Co-Authored with Carrie Booth Walling

Global Accountability Communities: NGO self-regulation in the humanitarian sector

Article, (2016) Review of International Studies 42(4), pp. 724-747

Human Security Governance: Is UNMEER the Way Forward?

Article, (2016) Global Health Governance, Vol. X, No. 1, pp. 41-60

Policymaking in the Global Context: Training Students to Build Effective Strategic Partnerships With Nongovernmental Organizations

Article, Journal of Public Affairs Education (2015): 21(3), pp. 417-434.

Co-Authored with Cristina M. Balboa

Human Security, Humanitarian Response, and Ebola

Article, (2015) PS: Political Science and Politics 48(01)

“NGO Accountability Clubs in the Humanitarian Sector: Social Dimensions of Club Emergence and Design” In Mary Kay Gugerty and Aseem Prakash (eds.) Nonprofit Clubs: Voluntary Regulation of Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations.

Contribution to book, (2010) Cambridge University Press