Dr. Kris Inman is the Research Director for the Peace through Evaluation, Learning, and Adapting (PELA) activity, which supports USAID West Africa’s countering violent extremism (CVE) and conflict mitigation programming in the region. Dr. Inman has a wide and deep range of experience in counterterrorism, CVE, research methodologies, and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning approaches. Prior to joining PELA, she was the technical advisor for the USAID Middle East and North Africa Bureau’s Countering Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa (CoVE-MENA), where she oversaw the monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning for pilot CVE programs in Tunisia and the Maghreb/Sahel. Before moving to the development side of CVE, she spent six years working for the Department of Defence (DoD) and the US Intelligence Community (IC) as a research and M&E methodologist, as well as a counter terrorism/countering violent extremism analyst. In 2012, she deployed to Afghanistan as the lead counter-threat finance analyst for the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC) in Kandahar. From 2013 to 2016, she was a research faculty member of the National Intelligence University (NIU), where she stood up and directed the Africa Research Initiative, a mini-think tank that provided a broad range of unclassified research on Africa to the IC.
Dr. Inman has taught at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, NIU, and the University of California, Davis (UCD). She holds a PhD in political science from UCD. She is currently based in Accra, Ghana.