- Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College
- Doctorate, University of Maryland
Maren Milligan received her PhD in government and politics at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation, "Power-sharing or Power-hoarding? Conflict and Democratic Breakdown in Nigeria and Lebanon," argues that rather than mitigating conflict, power-sharing actually causes conflict.
She has won a variety of awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright Islamic Civilizations grant. Milligan has also worked for several nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. and overseas, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the National Democratic Institute, and the Middle East Research Information Project. Her language training includes Arabic, Hausa, and Persian