Whitney Buchanan is an American writer, activist, and analyst based in Berlin, Germany.
She has worked in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and areas of Sub-saharan Africa, since 2009.
More specifically, Whitney focuses on Muslim-Christian understanding, U.S. and European policies and relations with the MENA, as well as issues related to women’s empowerment and intersectional feminism.
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 as a first-generation student 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. She also spent a graduate semester abroad at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where she studied Public Policy.
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 to a working-class family, Whitney spent her adolescent years below the Mason-Dixon line, where she began advocating for gender equality and religious tolerance.