FIW 2020 Acknowledgements
Freedom in the World, Freedom House's flagship publication, is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 195 countries and 15 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders.
This report was made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy, the Merrill Family Foundation, Google, Inc., and the Lilly Endowment.
Research and Editorial Team
Noah Buyon, Research Associate
Isabel Linzer, Research Associate
David Meijer, Associate Editor
Shannon O’Toole, Managing Editor
Sarah Repucci, Vice President for Research and Analysis
Tyler Roylance, Staff Editor
Amy Slipowitz, Research Manager
Mai Truong, Research Director for Management and Strategy
Tessa Weal, Research Assistant
Aalaa Abuzaakouk is a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) analyst and manages a MENA youth leadership program at Georgetown University.
Celia Alexander is an independent researcher specializing in security policy, with a particular focus on the Middle East.
Ignacio Arana Araya is an assistant teaching professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Bojan Baća is a Visegrad Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University; UEFISCDI Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, New Europe College; and an external research associate at the Global Digital Citizenship Lab, York University.
Veaceslav (Slava) Balan is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.
Renan Barbosa is a political analyst, researcher, and journalist based in Brazil.
Ian Bateson is a journalist covering Ukraine and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Bruno Binetti is a nonresident fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue.
Aljaž Pengov Bitenc is a Slovenian journalist, political analyst, and cohost of several podcasts on media and politics.
Gustavo Bonifaz Moreno holds a PhD in political science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Brett Carter is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern California.
Peter Clegg is the head of the Department of Health and Social Sciences and an associate professor in politics at the University of the West of England.
Sarah Cook is a senior research analyst for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan at Freedom House and director of the China Media Bulletin.
Jack Corbett is a professor of politics at the University of Southampton and deputy editor of Small States & Territories.
Olga de Obaldía is an attorney and the executive director of the Foundation for the Development of Civil Liberty, Transparency International’s Panama chapter.
Karin Deutsch Karlekar is the director of the Free Expression at Risk Programs at PEN America.
Neil DeVotta is a professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University.
Julian Dierkes is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia.
Jake Dizard is a postdoctoral fellow at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin.
Juan Carlos Donoso is a senior survey researcher at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.
Richard Downie is a senior associate with the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Howard Eissenstat is an associate professor of history at St. Lawrence University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy.
Anthony Elghossain is a lawyer and writer based in Beirut and a nonresident scholar at the Middle East Institute.
Donika Emini is the executive director of CiviKos Platform.
Golnaz Esfandiari is a senior correspondent with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Jon Fraenkel is a professor of comparative politics at Victoria University of Wellington.
Ellie Frazier is a doctoral candidate in politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Michael Freedman is a postdoctoral fellow in the political science and international relations departments of Hebrew University.
Michael Fusi Ligaliga is a lecturer at the Te Tumu School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, University of Otago.
Dustin Gilbreath is the deputy research director of CRRC Georgia and the communications manager at Transparify.
Alyssa Maraj Grahame is a visiting assistant professor of politics at Bates College.
Liutauras Gudžinskas is an associate professor of comparative politics at Vilnius University.
Paulo Guilherme is the editor-in-chief of Africa Monitor Intelligence in Luanda.
Ted A. Henken is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, City University of New York.
Hannah Hills is a human rights consultant at The Governance Group.
Jonathan Hulland is a senior program officer with the American Jewish World Service.
Niklas Hultin is an assistant professor of global affairs at George Mason University.
Harry Hummel is a policy advisor based in the Netherlands.
Faysal Itani is the deputy director of the Center for Global Policy's Non-State Actors and Geopolitics unit and an adjunct professor of Middle East politics at George Washington University and Georgetown University.
Kristen Kao is a senior research fellow at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg.
Valery Kavaleuski is affiliated with the Belarusian Institute of America.
Jane Kinninmont is head of programs for The Elders and an analyst specializing in the Middle East.
Zsolt Körtvélyesi is an assistant professor at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.
Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Philip Martin is an assistant professor of international security at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
David McGrane is an associate professor of political studies at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan.
Mpumelelo Mkhabela is a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria.
Mushfiq Mohamed is a lawyer working with the Maldivian Democracy Network and a former public prosecutor in the Maldives.
Aurelien Mondon is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Bath.
Kacey Mordecai is a program officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.
Jasmin Mujanović is a limited term assistant professor of political science and policy studies at Elon University.
Harris Mylonas is an associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers.
Gareth Nellis is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego.
Kuniaki Nemoto is a professor of political science in the Department of Economics at Musashi University.
Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Lucas Olo is a governance and anticorruption consultant and a lawyer with the Bar Association of Equatorial Guinea.
Oge Onubogu is the senior program officer for Africa at the United States Institute of Peace.
Robert W. Orttung is a research professor at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
Susan L. Ostermann is an assistant professor of global affairs and political science at the University of Notre Dame.
Ana Pastor is a journalist and independent researcher focusing on democracy and digital rights.
Nicole Phillips is the policy and legal director of Haitian Bridge Alliance and an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Enrica Picco is an international lawyer and researcher focusing on the central African region.
Adrien M. Ratsimbaharison is a professor of political science at Benedict College.
Corina Rebegea is a Fellow-in-Residence at the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Tyson Roberts teaches political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Otto Saki is a global program officer on civic engagement and government at the Ford Foundation.
Michael Semple is a professor at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast.
Debbie Sharnak is an assistant professor at Rowan University and the director of human rights initiatives at the Rowan Center for the Study of Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights.
Elton Skendaj is the Gladdys Muir Associate Professor of Peace Studies at Manchester University, Indiana.
Ruzha Smilova is a senior assistant professor at Sofia University, Saint Kliment Ohridski and a program director at the Center for Liberal Strategies.
Farha Tahir is a program officer at the National Endowment for Democracy.
Jared Thompson is a Master of Arts candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Jenny Town is a fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center’s East Asia program.
Olesya Vartanyan is an analyst at the International Crisis Group focusing on de facto entities in the South Caucasus.
Wouter Veenendaal is an assistant professor of political science at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University.
David Vivar is the academic coordinator for FLACSO-Honduras and a professor at the National Autonomous University of Honduras.
Franz von Bergen Granell is a journalist with master’s degrees in political science and political communication.
Gregory White is the Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government at Smith College.
Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim is a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group and a research associate for the Sahel Research Group based at the University of Florida.
Alejandro Anaya-Muñoz is a research professor and coordinator of the master’s degree in human rights and peace at ITESO, Jesuit University of Guadalajara.
Florian Bieber is a professor of Southeast European history and politics and director of the Center for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz.
Daniel Calingaert is a consultant to the Open Society University Network.
Julio F. Carrión is an associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.
Johnnie Carson is a senior advisor at the United States Institute of Peace and served as the US ambassador to Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Javier Corrales is a professor of political science at Amherst College.
Sumit Ganguly is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and holds the Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Julie George is an associate professor of political science at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Lane Greene is an editor and columnist at the Economist.
Steven Heydemann is the Janet Wright Ketcham Professor of Middle East Studies at Smith College and a senior nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy.
J. N. C. Hill is a professor of international relations and director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London.
Jan Kubik is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and a professor of Slavonic and East European studies at University College London.
Adrienne LeBas is an associate professor of government at the School of Public Affairs at American University.
Peter M. Lewis is a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Adam Luedtke is an associate professor of political science at City University of New York, Queensborough Community College.
Scott Mainwaring is the Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
Peter Mandaville is a professor of international affairs at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
Yaël Mizrahi-Arnaud is a research fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking.
Alexander Motyl is a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark.
Godfrey Musila is an IT (cybersecurity) policy developer at a US government contractor and blogs about Africa on Reflections on Africa.
Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.
Orlando J. Pérez is a dean and professor of political science at the University of North Texas at Dallas.
Mausi Segun is the Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
Samer Shehata is the Colin Mackey and Patricia Molina de Mackey Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Dan Slater is the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies in the Department of Political Science and director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan.
Maria Snegovaya is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and an adjunct fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Ganga Thapa is a professor of political science at the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
Bridget Welsh is an honorary research associate at the Asia Research Institute, University of Nottingham Malaysia.