Ashley Quarcoo is the Senior Research Manager with the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, where she leads “Who Is Us? A Project on American Identity.” Quarcoo is also senior fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program. Her research focus is on threats to democracy, social and political polarization, and comparative approaches toward building social cohesion and democratic renewal.
Quarcoo previously spent over a decade supporting peacebuilding and democratic development in post-conflict countries and countries transitioning from authoritarianism. Most recently. Quarcoo served as a Senior Democracy Specialist with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she supported strategy, policy, and program development for a nearly $300 million democracy, human rights, and governance foreign assistance portfolio in Africa. Between assignments at USAID, Quarcoo served at the State Department, leading the development of U.S. strategy for United Nations peace operations in Sudan and South Sudan. As a Presidential Management Fellow from 2008 to 2010, Quarcoo served as a legislative aide to Congresswoman Nita Lowey, supporting the State and Foreign Operations portfolio and also served on the Haiti Task Team following the 2010 earthquake.
Quarcoo was a 2019-2020 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and a 2014-2019 Council Term Member.