I received my BA and MA in Middle East Studies from Brandeis University in 2009 and 2010 respectively. During a brief hiatus from academia I worked as a grant writer in a non-profit and was also employed at the International School at the University of Haifa.  In 2012 I began the Phd program in the Government and Politics Department at the University of Maryland College Park. Additionally, I am affiliated with the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel studies.

Areas of Interest

  • Political Representation, Gender and Politics, Political Parties, Electoral Systems, and Democratic Legislatures, Gender and Security


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    certificate from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, focus in Middle East Studies
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT459N Gender and Politics Spring 2019 Syllabus
GVPT459V Gender, Conflict, and Security Spring 2019 Syllabus

Research Topics

  • Comparative Politics
Noa Balf
5111 Tydings Hall
Government and Politics Department
nbalf [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
Tuesday 12-2PM