Nate Schenkkan

Senior Director of Research, Countering Authoritarianism

Nate Schenkkan is Senior Director of Research for Freedom House’s work on countering authoritarianism. In this role, he works on Freedom House’s integrated strategy for pushing back against authoritarianism around the world. At Freedom House, he previously served as Director for Special Research, as Project Director for the annual report Nations in Transit, and as a Senior Program Officer for Eurasia programs. He has written widely on Turkey and Central Asia, including multiple special reports at Freedom House, as well as articles, op-eds, and Congressional testimony. From 2019-2021 he led Freedom House’s work on transnational repression, or the targeting of exiles and dissidents abroad.

Prior to joining Freedom House, Schenkkan worked as a journalist in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He has a master’s degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.


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