Maral Jefroudi studied Political Science, Sociology and History at the Bogazici University, Istanbul and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. She was a fellow at MacMillan Area Studies Center at Yale University in 2010 and Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University in 2013. She was a member of Freedom and Solidarity Party in Turkey and was active in the organization of Social Forum movement and the World Tribunal on Iraq. She is fluent in Turkish, Persian, and English.
She is one of the two IIRE codirectors since October 2014.