Catherine Baylin Duryea graduated from Stanford (the first time) in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Economics. She then studied and worked in Egypt from 2006 to 2010, where she completed an MA in Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo and founded a non-profit organization that placed American volunteers with Egyptian NGOs. Her M.A. thesis research was on Quaker missionaries in Ramallah. She returned to Stanford in 2010 to begin a joint JD/PhD program. She has since graduated from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar. Her current research interests include comparative constitutional law, human rights movements in the Arab world, and legal reform in Afghanistan.