Dr. Nimeh studied Finance at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Labor and Human Resources at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She obtained her PhD at Maastricht University through a Marie Curie Research grant. Her thesis, entitled ‘Social Citizenship Rights – Inequality and Exclusion (2012), dealt with the processes of social exclusion of national minorities and refugees, and was shortlisted for the Dutch Political Science Association NKWP for best thesis in the Netherlands in 2012.
She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Social Protection and Human Development, and is the coordinator of the Social Protection Masters Specialization. She is also the co-coordinator of the Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development research theme. Her work focuses on social protection and social security policy and financing, social exclusion, poverty and inequality measurement, governance reform and public policy analysis with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa
Outside academia she has had managerial and consulting experience in the areas of human development, social policies and public sector reform with focus on Employment and Education. She has applied experience in policy development and implementation and continues to work as a consultant for the ILO and UNICEF.