Whitney Buchanan is an American analyst and commentator on gender issues and Middle East affairs.

She is currently based in Germany and has frequently traveled to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and areas of Sub-saharan Africa, to perform research since 2009.

More specifically, Whitney focuses on Muslim-Christian understanding, U.S. policies and relations with the MENA, as well as women’s empowerment in the United States and throughout the MENA region.

She has conducted intensive interviews with the United Nations Women and the International Labour Organization in Egypt, as well as the Arab African International Bank in Germany, amongst others.

Whitney’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Global Affairs in Global Affairs and International Cooperation from the American University in Cairo.

Whitney is currently a member of the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).

She is the former President of Tennessee’s Gamma Kappa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma Inc., a national community service sorority.

Born in Tennessee, Whitney spent her adolescent years below the Mason-Dixon line, where she began advocating for gender equality and religious tolerance.