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Contributing Analysts

Fadeel Al-Ameen is a journalist and author who writes extensively about the status of the contemporary Arab media and has conducted several media-training workshops and seminars for Arab journalists. He worked as editor in chief of Hi magazine for three years and is currently a consultant for several media organizations in the Washington, D.C., area and the Middle East. He holds an MA in journalism and mass communication from the University of Northern Colorado and completed his graduate degree in international media from Indiana University at Bloomington. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press

Alexis Arieff received her MA in international relations from Yale University and is a former senior research associate for the Africa program at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She served as an Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press

Charles Arthur is an analyst and journalist specializing in Caribbean politics and economics. He holds an MA in Latin American government and politics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He is a contributing writer for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Latinamerica Press, and the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Review and is the author of two books about Haiti. He served as the Caribbean analyst for Freedom of the Press

Luis Botello is the director of Latin American programs at the International Center for Journalists. A native Panamanian, he has worked throughout the Americas, conducting training programs and conferences on freedom of expression and of the press as well as journalism ethics. He previously served as morning newscast producer, host, and reporter for Televisora Nacional in Panama, where he covered assignments in Colombia, the United States, and Europe. He received a BA in journalism and an MA in mass communications from Louisiana State University and has also held several teaching positions. He served as the Central America analyst for Freedom of the Press

Sarah G. Cook is a research assistant at Freedom House. Her research focuses on Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Freedom House, she coedited the English version of Chinese attorney Gao Zhisheng’s memoir, A China More Just. She holds an MSc in Middle East politics and an LLM in public international law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She served as an East Asia and Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press

Jake Dizard is a research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of the annual Freedom House publication Countries at the Crossroads. His area of focus is Latin America, with a specific emphasis on the Andean region. He is a 2005 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press

Camille Eiss is a former research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World, with a focus on political and human rights developments in Southeast Asia. She previously worked as associate managing editor of the Washington Quarterly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds an MSc in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics, with a focus on political Islam. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press. 

Ashley Esarey received his PhD in political science from Columbia University and is An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, where his research concerns mass media, the internet, and blogging in China and their effect on political discourse and democratization more generally. He served as East Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Elizabeth Floyd is editor of special reports at Freedom House. Her areas of interest include Europe, education, and cultural history. She has an MA in modern European history from Hunter College, CUNY, with a focus on German history; her BA is in history from California State University at Sacramento. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press

Thomas Gold is a former assistant professor of comparative politics at Sacred Heart University and author of The Lega Nord and Contemporary Politics in Italy. He earned his PhD from the New School for Social Research and received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Italy. He served as a Southern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press

Sallie Hughes is an associate professor in the Journalism Program and Spanish-Language Journalism Master’s Program at the School of Communication, University of Miami. Her PhD from Tulane University is in Latin American studies, with an emphasis on the media and politics of the region. Her book on the transformation of journalism in Mexico, Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico, was published in 2006 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press

Ana Jelenkovic is an associate at Eurasia Group, focusing on the Caucasus, Southeastern Europe, and the broader Black Sea region. She holds an MA in international relations from Columbia University. She has worked on Balkan human rights and media issues at the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Harriman Institute, the Open Society Institute, and Freedom House’s New York and Belgrade offices. She served as a Balkans and Caucasus analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Karin Deutsch Karlekar is a senior researcher at Freedom House and managing editor of the Freedom of the Press survey. She has conducted fact-finding missions on press freedom, human rights, and governance issues to a number of countries in Africa and South Asia and has written reports for several Freedom House publications. Currently, she also serves as chair of the governing council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange network. She holds a PhD in Indian history from Cambridge University and previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. She served as a South Asia and Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press. 

Daniel Kimmage is currently a senior analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he previously specialized in covering Central Asian affairs. He received his BA from Binghamton University and his MA from Cornell University. He served as the Central Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press. 

John Kubiniec is a partner in Klos Training, a company specializing in building communication skills. He was formerly Freedom House’s regional director for Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and currently serves as a board member of Freedom House Europe. He has lived in several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, where he has worked for human rights and advocacy organizations supporting democratic development and civil society in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. He studied economics and Slavic languages and literature and speaks Russian and Polish. He served as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Astrid Larson is pursuing a master’s in international affairs at the New School University. She holds a BA from Smith College and studied international communication at American University. She served as a Western Europe and South Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Alexander Lupis is a journalist and human rights researcher who is fluent in Russian and Serbo-Croatian. During the 1990s, he worked for the International Organization for Migration, the Open Society Institute, Human Rights Watch, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, focusing on human rights issues in the former Yugoslavia. More recently, he worked as the Europe and Central Asia program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, followed by a one-year fellowship in Moscow at the Russian Union of Journalists. He served as a former Soviet republics analyst for Freedom of the Press.  

Ekaterina Lysova is a human rights lawyer from the Russian Far East who holds a PhD in law from Far Eastern State University. She spent five years working as a media lawyer for the Press Development Institute and for the IREX Media Program in Vladivostok and Moscow. After serving as a full-time researcher at the University of Cologne’s Institute for East European Law, she now works as a researcher for the Moscow Media Policy & Law Institute. She served as a former Soviet republics analyst for Freedom of the Press.  

Eleanor Marchant is a specialist in African media issues. Most recently, she served as a fellow with the East African press freedom organization the Media Institute, based in Nairobi, where she wrote regularly about regional media issues and helped to advocate for media freedom. Prior to that, she served as a research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of the Freedom of the Press survey. She holds an MA in international relations from New York University and a BSc in economics and politics from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She served as an Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Katrina Neubauer is a research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World. Her area of focus is sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular emphasis on the Sahelian region. She holds an MA in international relations from George Washington University. She served as an Africa and South Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.  

Chris W. Ogbondah is a professor of journalism and coordinator of the Mass Communication Program in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. He holds a PhD in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is author of The Press in Nigeria: An Annotated Bibliography; Military Regimes and the Press in Nigeria, 1966 to 1993: Human Rights and National Development; and State-Press Relations in Nigeria, 1993–1998: Human Rights and Democratic Development. He has published articles on press freedom in scholarly journals. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.  

Folu Ogundimu is a professor of journalism and former senior research associate for Afrobarometer at Michigan State University (MSU). He holds a PhD in mass communication from Indiana University at Bloomington and is coeditor of Media and Democracy in Africa. He was founding director of the Ghana Multidisciplinary Studies Program at MSU. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press. 

Ory Okolloh is a Kenyan lawyer and blogger. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and blogs at Kenyan Pundit. She is the cofounder of Kenya’s Parliament watch website Mzalendo.com and the website Ushahidi.com, which allowed people to report atrocities committed in Kenya after the recent elections. She was a contributor to the book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century and is a frequent speaker at conferences, including Ted Global Africa and Poptech. When she is not working on her projects, she consults on digital access and citizen journalism issues. She served as an East Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press

Aili Piano is a senior researcher at Freedom House and managing editor of Freedom in the World. She was a country report author for several editions of Nations in Transit, a Freedom House survey of democratization in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and for Freedom House’s Countries at the Crossroads 2004 survey of democratic governance. Before joining Freedom House, she worked as a diplomatic attaché at the Estonian Mission to the United Nations. She holds an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as the Baltic states analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House and coeditor of Freedom in the World. He has written widely on American foreign policy, race relations, organized labor, and the history of the cold war. He is the author of Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor. He served as the United States analyst for Freedom of the Press. 

David Robie is associate professor of journalism in the School of Communication Studies at New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology and director of the Pacific Media Centre. He holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he was former coordinator of the Pacific Region Journalism Program. Dr. Robie was awarded the Pacific Islands Media Association Pacific Media Freedom Award in 2005. He is founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review and has written several books on Pacific media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific Media, Politics, and Education. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press. 

Mark Y. Rosenberg is a doctoral student of political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He was previously a researcher at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World. He served as a Southern Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Tyler Roylance is a research and editorial assistant at Freedom House. He holds an MA in history from New York University. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Hani Sabra is a former Middle East and North Africa researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists, where he worked from 2001 to 2005. He served as the North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press

Janet Steele is an associate professor of journalism in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. She received her PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University and has taught courses on the theory and practice of journalism in Southeast and South Asia as a Fulbright senior scholar and lecturer. Her book Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia focuses on Tempo magazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of new-order Indonesia. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press

Nicole Stremlau is director of the Africa media program at the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics in development studies. Her research focuses on media during and in the aftermath of guerrilla struggles in the Horn of Africa. She served as an East Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press

Leigh Tomppert is a reporting assistant with the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women. She holds an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. She previously worked as a researcher at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom House’s Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa survey. She served as a Middle East analyst and an editor for Freedom of the Press. 

Silvio Waisbord is assistant professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is editor of the International Journal of Press/Politics. Previously, he was associate professor at Rutgers University and director of the Journalism Resources Institute. Among other publications, he is the author of Watchdog Journalism in South America, published by Columbia University Press. His current research focuses on civic media advocacy, democracy, and the press in Latin America. He served as a South America analyst for Freedom of the Press

Thomas Webb is a law student at Fordham Law School. He is a former research assistant at Freedom House and a graduate of Vassar College. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Elijah Zarwan is a Cairo-based consultant to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. He previously worked as a researcher for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Harvard University, as managing editor of Cairo magazine, as an editor at World Press Review, and as a freelance journalist in the Middle East. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

 

Ratings Review Advisers 

Jon B. Alterman is director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in history from Harvard University, and he has worked on the personal staff of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and on the policy-planning staff at the U.S. Department of State. He is the author of New Media, New Politics?: From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World. He served as Middle East and North Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.  

Rosental Alves is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he created the first course in online journalism. For over a decade, he was a foreign correspondent based in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States, working for Jornal do Brasil, one of the most important Brazilian newspapers. In 1994, he managed the creation of the Jornal do Brasil online edition, making it the first Brazilian newspaper available on the internet. A working journalist since he was 16, he received a BA in journalism from Rio de Janeiro Federal University. He was the first Brazilian awarded a Nieman Fellowship to spend an academic year (1987–88) at Harvard University. He served as an Americas adviser for Freedom of the Press.  

Festus Eribo is professor of international communication and head of African studies at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his MA from St. Petersburg State University and has worked as a journalist in Africa and Russia. He has authored and coauthored five books, including Press Freedom and Communication in Africa and Window on Africa: Democratization and Media Exposure. He served as an Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press. 

Marilyn Greene is an independent media consultant based in Washington, D.C. She is an adviser to the World Press Freedom Committee and served for seven years as its executive director. As a 2005 Knight International Press Fellow in Cameroon, she worked with Francophone and Anglophone journalists to enhance journalistic professionalism in that country. She is also a former international affairs reporter for USA Today, covering conflicts in Somalia, Kuwait, and Haiti as well as situations throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a former fellow in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center in Honolulu. She served as a global adviser for Freedom of the Press.  

Daniel C. Hallin is professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego. His research focuses on media and politics and comparative analysis of media systems, particularly in Europe and Latin America. He is the author, with Paolo Mancini, of Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He served as an Americas adviser for Freedom of the Press.  

Marwan M. Kraidy is an expert on Arab media and a scholar of global communication. He is associate professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and director of the Arab Media and Public Life project, both in Washington, D.C., Kraidy has published two books, Global Media Studies: Ethnographic Perspectives (2003) and Hybridity, or, The Cultural Logic of Globalization (2005), and more than 40 articles and essays. He has two forthcoming books on Arab media and politics. He served as a Middle East and North Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.  

Josh Kurlantzick is a visiting scholar in the Carnegie Endowment’s China Program and also serves as a special correspondent for the New Republic, a columnist for Time, and a senior correspondent for the American Prospect. His recent research focuses on China’s relationship with the developing world—including Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America—and is summarized in a new book, Charm Offensive: How China’s Soft Power Is Transforming the World. Kurlantzick was previously foreign editor at the New Republic and also reported on Southeast Asia for the Economist as a correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand. He served as an Asia adviser for Freedom of the Press. 

Tendayi Kumbula is an assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California and two MA degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has authored or coauthored four books. He has been a reporter and editor in Los Angeles and Indiana and was an editor for four years in Zimbabwe. In 1991 and 2003, he participated in the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Institute of Journalism Excellence, which sends selected journalism educators to spend six summer weeks working in a newsroom. He served as an Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press. 

Kavita Menon is a senior program officer at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international press freedom organization. She previously headed CPJ’s Asia program and later worked as a campaigner and researcher on South Asia at Amnesty International. She holds an MS in journalism from Columbia University and received a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism in 2003. She served as the South Asia adviser for Freedom of the Press. 

Bettina Peters is director of the Global Forum for Media Development, a network of organizations involved in media assistance programs around the world. Until 2007, she worked as director of programs at the European Journalism Center (EJC), in charge of its international journalism training program. Before joining the EJC, she worked for 10 years at the International Federation of Journalists headquarters in Brussels. She holds degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Hamburg and has edited several publications on journalism, such as the EJC’s handbook on civic journalism. In 2007, she wrote the conclusion to a book on media policy in Europe titled European Media Policy: The Brussels Dimension. She served as Western Europe adviser for Freedom of the Press.  

Byron T. Scott is professor emeritus of journalism and director emeritus of the European Union Center at the University of Missouri at Columbia and is a former newspaper and magazine journalist. His special area of interest is the media in transitional nations of the former Soviet bloc. He has worked as a journalist and teacher of journalism throughout the former Soviet bloc, including stints at the American University in Bulgaria, the University of Tirana, Tbilisi State University, and Moscow State University. He served as Central and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union adviser for Freedom of the Press.