Nafeesah Allen, Ph.D. Nafeesah Allen, Ph.D. has over 15 years of editorial and communications expertise, as well as over a decade of experience as a serial ex-pat and international real estate investor. She has been published in top-tier publications across a number of verticals and topics, including culture, DEI, personal finance, third culture parenting, real estate investing, and design. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.