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Michael E. Allison is an associate professor of political science at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He received his master’s degree and PhD in political science from Florida State University. His teaching and research interests include the comparative study of civil war and civil war resolution, particularly as it relates to the transformation of armed opposition groups into political parties in Latin America. His work has appeared in Latin American Politics and Society, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Studies in Comparative International Development. He also blogs at Central American Politics. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Lindsay J. Benstead is an assistant professor of political science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Her research focuses on electoral politics, public opinion, women and politics, and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. She has coconducted surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Jordan. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Politics & Religion, Democratization, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a PhD in public policy and political science and an MAE in applied economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Robert Blair is a PhD candidate in political science at Yale University and a research fellow at AidData. Beginning in the fall of 2015 he will be an assistant professor of political science and international studies at Brown University. His research addresses the dynamics of state consolidation after civil war, with a regional focus on West Africa. He has worked in various capacities for the Political Instability Task Force, the Small Arms Survey, and the UN Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, among others. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

S. Adam Cardais is a contributing editor at Transitions Online, a Prague-based internet magazine covering politics, economics, and society in postcommunist Europe and the former Soviet Union. He received a master’s degree in European studies, with a focus on postconflict peacebuilding in the former Yugoslavia, from New York University. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Katherine Blue Carroll is an assistant professor and the director of the program in public policy studies at Vanderbilt University. She received her master’s degree and PhD in politics from the University of Virginia. Her teaching and research interests include the comparative politics of the Middle East, political violence, and the U.S. military. Her work has appeared in Middle East Policy and the Middle East Journal. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Fotini Christia is an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests center on conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world. She has done extensive ethnographic, survey, and experimental research on the effects of development aid in postconflict, multiethnic societies, with a focus on Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is the author of Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, which received the 2013 Gregory M. Luebbert Award for Best Book in Comparative Politics, the Lepgold Prize for Best Book in International Relations, and the Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association. Her research has also been published in Science and the American Political Science Review, among other journals, and she has written opinion pieces for Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. She received a PhD in public policy from Harvard University. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Sarah Cook is a senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House. She manages the team that produces the China Media Bulletin, a biweekly news digest of press freedom developments related to China. She previously served as assistant editor on three editions of Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net index, which assesses internet and digital media freedom around the world. She coedited the English version of Chinese attorney Gao Zhisheng’s memoir, A China More Just, and was a delegate to the UN Human Rights Commission for an organization working on religious freedom in China. She received a master’s degree in politics and a master of laws degree in public international law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Britta H. Crandall is an adjunct professor at Davidson College in North Carolina. She is the author of Hemispheric Giants: The Misunderstood History of U.S.-Brazilian Relations. Previously, she was associate director for Latin American sovereign risk analysis at Bank One and worked as a Latin American program examiner for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She received a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Zselyke Csaky is a research analyst for Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. She also writes reports for Freedom of the Press. Prior to joining Freedom House, she worked for the Hungarian and U.S. offices of Amnesty International. She holds master’s degrees in international relations and European studies and in human rights from Central European University. She served as a Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Julian Dierkes is an associate professor and the Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research at the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research, where he coordinates the Program on Inner Asia. His research has focused on history education and supplementary education in Japan, as well as contemporary Mongolia. He is the editor of Change in Democratic Mongolia: Social Relations, Health, Mobile Pastoralism, and Mining. He received a PhD in sociology from Princeton University. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Jake Dizard is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Texas at Austin. He was previously the managing editor of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. His area of focus is Latin America, with a specific emphasis on the Andean region and Mexico. He received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Richard Downie is deputy director and a fellow of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, he was a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He received a master’s degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Jennifer Dunham is the project manager for Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press at Freedom House, and writes country reports on Southern and East Africa for both publications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history-sociology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in international relations from New York University. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Madeline Earp is the Asia research analyst for Freedom on the Net. She works with regional analysts to produce internet freedom assessments of 15 countries in South, Southeast, and East Asia. She was previously the senior Asia program researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. Earp holds an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and a BA from Cambridge University. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Amy Freedman is a professor and the department chair of political science and international studies at Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus. Her research touches on various questions relating to democratization and political economy in Southeast Asia. Her most recent book is The Internationalization of Internal Conflicts (Routledge, 2013), and she is a coeditor of the journal Asian Security. She received a master’s degree and PhD in political science from New York University. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

T. R. Goldman is a freelance journalist in Washington, DC, and writes for a variety of national publications. He is a former reporter and editor at Reuters and Agence France-Presse. He received a master’s degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Eva Hoier Greene is a former research assistant at Freedom House. Previously, she covered nuclear disarmament and other issues at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations. She received a bachelor’s degree in international development in Denmark. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Holger Henke is assistant provost at York College, City University of New York, and a political scientist with a variety of research interests in international relations. He has authored and edited six books, including Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean, and has published numerous articles in journals such as Cultural Critique and Latin American Perspectives. He is the editor of Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas. He received a master’s degree in political science from the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and a PhD in government from the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Ted Henken is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, City University of New York. He holds a joint appointment in Baruch’s Black and Latino Studies Department. He is a past president of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy. He is the coauthor with Archibald Ritter of Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape (October 2014), coeditor with Miriam Celaya and Dimas Castellanos of Cuba in Focus (2013), and author of Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook (2008). He has published articles about Cuba in the journals Nueva Sociedad, Cuban Studies, Latino Studies, and Latin American Research Review, as well as in the New York Times and the blog of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He also writes about contemporary Cuba on his blog, El Yuma. He received a PhD in Latin American studies from Tulane University in 2002. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Franklin Hess is the coordinator of the Modern Greek Program at Indiana University, a senior lecturer at the Institute for European Studies, and codirector of a working group on the sovereign debt crisis. His scholarly work examines Greek popular culture, exploring the economic, geopolitical, and geocultural contexts of its production. His other research interests include immigration and the cinematic representation of violence. He served as the secretary of the Modern Greek Studies Association from 2007 to 2009. He received a PhD in American studies from the University of Iowa, focusing on the influence of American television programming on Greek culture. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Rola el-Husseini holds a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and is currently a research assistant professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has previously held positions at Texas A&M University and Yale University. Her first book, Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon, was published in 2012. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Morgan Huston is a former member of the research team at Freedom House, where she also contributed to the Freedom of the Press publication. She received a master’s degree in international human rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Toby Craig Jones is an associate professor of history and the director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. From 2012 to 2014 he served as codirector of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. Previously, he was the Persian Gulf analyst at the International Crisis Group. He is the author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia and is currently writing a book entitled America’s Oil Wars. He is an editor of Middle East Report and has published widely, including in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the New York Times, and Foreign Affairs. He received a PhD from Stanford University. He served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Karin Deutsch Karlekar is the project director of Freedom of the Press, Freedom House’s annual survey of global media freedom. A specialist on media freedom trends and measurement indicators, she also developed the methodology for and edited the pilot edition of Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s assessment of internet and digital media freedom. She has written South Asia reports for several Freedom House publications, and has been on research and advocacy missions to Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. She previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch and as an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She received a PhD in Indian history from Cambridge University. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Catherine Kelly is a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of International and Area Studies. She received her PhD from Harvard University (2014). Based on over 16 months of research in Senegal, her dissertation is about the sources and consequences of party proliferation in Africa. Her research and teaching address African politics, political party development, elections, democratization, and Islam in politics. A former Fulbright Scholar and Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow, her work has appeared in the Journal of Democracy and Electoral Studies, and on the blogs of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Social Science Research Council. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Nicholas Kerr is an assistant professor of comparative politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama. His research interests include African politics, electoral institutions, electoral integrity, and public opinion. His current research project explores the factors that influence the design of electoral commissions in Africa, and probes how the design and performance of these institutions influence electoral integrity. He recently published an article in Electoral Studies that examines citizens’ evaluation of electoral integrity in Nigeria. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska is the project director of Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual report on democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. She also writes reports on Central Europe for Freedom of the Press. Previously, she was the managing editor of the Journal of Cold War Studies, a peer-reviewed quarterly. She received a master’s degree in Eastern European and Eurasian studies from Harvard University. She served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Paul Kubicek is a professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program at Oakland University. He is the author of numerous works on postcommunist and Turkish politics, which have appeared in journals including Comparative Politics, Democratization, and Political Science Quarterly. He is currently coeditor of Turkish Studies and is working on a book-length project examining the role of Islam in Muslim-majority democracies. He has taught in Ukraine, Turkey, and Austria, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia. He received a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focused on Southeast Asian politics and economics and China’s relations with Southeast Asia. He is a longtime journalist whose articles have appeared in Time, the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, and the New Yorker, among others. He is the author of the recently released book Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Haverford College. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Astrid Larson is the language center administrative director for the French Institute Alliance Française. She has served as an analyst for Western Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the South Pacific for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press report. She received a master’s degree in international media and culture from the New School University. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Beatrice Lindstrom is a human rights attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), focusing on rule of law and access to justice. Prior to joining IJDH, she worked with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where her activities included election monitoring, human rights reporting, and managing grassroots participation in the UN Universal Periodic Review. She received a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Kern scholar. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Joshua Lustig is editor of Current History, an international affairs journal based in Philadelphia. Previously, he was a senior editor at Facts On File World News Digest, covering Western Europe. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Columbia University. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Katherin Machalek is institutional development officer and project manager for capacity-building projects in Russia and Ukraine for the Geneva-based Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS), helping civil society organizations in Eurasia improve their use of information and communication technologies and digital advocacy. She received a master’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served as a Eurasia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Eleanor Marchant is a PhD student at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in political communications and new technology in Africa. She is also a research associate at the Center for Global Communication Studies, where she advises on African and transnational media research projects. Previously, she worked at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, the Media Development Investment Fund, and the Media Institute in Nairobi. She also served as assistant editor for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press report. She received a master’s degree in international relations from New York University. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Susana Moreira is an extractive-industries specialist at the World Bank. She received a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, focusing on Chinese national oil companies’ investment strategies in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. She is involved in several other research projects, including the African Crisis Management in Comparative Perspective project, sponsored by the U.S. military’s Africa Command. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Yonatan L. Morse is a visiting assistant professor of government and the associate director of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University. He has researched and authored publications on democratization, electoral authoritarianism, and African political parties. He received his PhD in government from Georgetown University. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Maura Moynihan is a journalist and researcher who has worked for many years with Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal. Her works of fiction include Yoga Hotel and Kaliyuga. She is a contributor to the Asian Age newspaper. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Bret Nelson is a research analyst for Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press at Freedom House. He received master’s degrees in political science from Fordham University and in Middle East studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Alysson Akiko Oakley is a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Previously, she served as a senior adviser at the International Republican Institute and a program director at the U.S.-Indonesia Society. She has lived in Indonesia, with frequent postings to East Timor, for over 10 years. She received a master’s degree in international economics and Southeast Asian studies from SAIS and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Robert Orttung is assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, president of the Resource Security Institute, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He is managing editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization and a coeditor of the Russian Analytical Digest and the Caucasus Analytical Digest. He received a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a Eurasia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Shannon O’Toole is an MA candidate in international relations at Central European University. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at Facts On File World News Digest, where she covered Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Balkans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Amy Padilla is a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she received her master’s degree in international economics and Southeast Asia studies. Previously, she worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Liberty Institute of New Delhi, expanding their Empowering India initiative to improve transparency in Indian elections. She is a former staff member of Freedom House and has worked on its Southeast Asia, exchanges, and advocacy programs. Prior to joining Freedom House, she was a fellow with Kiva Microfunds in Cambodia. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Alessandra Pinna is a program associate for the Global Emergency Assistance Program at Freedom House. Previously, she worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at Roma Tre University. She received her PhD in political science and democracy studies from the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Florence). She participated in several research programs, both in Italy and abroad, and has published articles and book chapters on democratization and democracy promotion. Her most recent publications are The International Dimension of Democratization (2014) and U.S. Democracy Promotion in Serbia and Croatia (2013). She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Arch Puddington is vice president for 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 received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Ellora Puri is on the faculty of the Department of Political Science, University of Jammu, India. She received her degrees from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include South Asian politics, political violence, and gender. She has been associated with a variety of policy groups and think tanks working on human rights and peace and conflict studies in South Asia. She served as a South Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Mark Y. Rosenberg is a senior Africa analyst at Eurasia Group, focusing on the Southern Africa region. Previously, he worked as a researcher at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World. His opinion articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Jerusalem Post, and Business Day (South Africa), and his research has been cited by publications including the Economist and the Financial Times. He received a master’s degree and a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Tyler Roylance is a staff editor at Freedom House and is involved in a number of its publications. Previously, he worked as a senior editor for Facts On File World News Digest. He received a master’s degree in history from New York University. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Sergio Rozalén coordinates media and communication for the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, a collaborative initiative of over 200 groups and 50 individual advocates from around the world working to secure economic and social justice through human rights. As a journalist, he worked for more than five years in the press department of the European Commission in Spain. He has developed media strategies for numerous nongovernmental organizations and foundations via a public relations agency he founded in Spain. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in marketing. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Adrian Shahbaz is a research analyst for Freedom on the Net at Freedom House, where he covers the European Union and the Middle East and North Africa. Previously, he was a political affairs analyst and researcher at the United Nations, the European Parliament, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He received a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Yvonne Shen was a founding editor of the China Media Bulletin, Freedom House’s biweekly news digest of press freedom developments related to China. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in Taipei, and received a master’s degree from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Mira Sucharov is an associate professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and has published articles in International Studies Perspectives, the Journal of International Relations and Development, the International Journal, and the Journal of Political Science Education. She blogs at Haaretz and the Jewish Daily Forward. She received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Toronto and a PhD in government from Georgetown University. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Farha Tahir is a program officer at the National Democratic Institute focusing on governance issues in Africa. She also provides economic analysis for Pragnya Group. She previously served as project manager at the International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC), overseeing the Dakar Vaccination Summit, an effort with the government of Senegal to identify the challenges associated with vaccinating resistant and hard-to-reach Muslim communities throughout Africa. She also worked as a program coordinator and research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she provided research regarding U.S. strategic priorities on the continent. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Leigh Tomppert is a human rights policy specialist in the Leadership and Governance Section of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She previously coedited Freedom House’s Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa publication. She received master’s degrees in comparative and cross-cultural research methods from the University of Sussex and in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Silvana Toska is a PhD candidate in political science at Cornell University, focusing on the causes and spread of revolutions. She received master’s degrees in African studies from Oxford University, where she wrote on the effects of foreign aid on ethnic conflict, and in Arab studies from Georgetown University. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Jenny Town is the assistant director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, she worked for the Human Rights in North Korea Project at Freedom House. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with a concentration in human rights. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Mai Truong is a program officer and Africa research analyst for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet and digital media freedom. Prior to joining Freedom House, she worked on projects related to international development, food security, and women’s rights issues in sub-Saharan Africa. She received a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Noah Tucker has worked both in the nonprofit sector and as a researcher on Central Asian religion, human rights, security, and conflict. He served as a U.S. embassy policy specialist for Kyrgyzstan in 2011 and returned to Central Asia for fieldwork most recently in the summer of 2012. He received a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He served as a Eurasia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Vanessa Tucker is vice president for analysis at Freedom House. Previously, she was the project director of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. Prior to joining Freedom House, she worked at the Harvard University Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, at the Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict, and with the Carter Center’s Democracy Program. She received a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Daria Vaisman is a New York–based writer and producer. Her first book, a narrative nonfiction account of U.S. foreign policy in the former Soviet Union, will be published in 2014. She is also codirector of a documentary film on diplomatic recognition and sovereignty, currently in production. Previously, she was an analyst at Transparency International and deputy director of the Eurasia Foundation in Tbilisi, Georgia, and a journalist covering the Caucasus and Central Asia. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a PhD candidate in criminal justice at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She served as a Eurasia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Christine Wade is an associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College, where she is also the curator of the Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs. She has authored and coauthored numerous publications on Central American politics. She received a PhD in political science from Boston University. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom in the World.

Greg White is a professor of government at Smith College. He is the author of Climate Change and Migration: Borders and Security in a Warming World and the forthcoming coedited volume North Africa: From Status Quo to (R)Evolution. He is also the recipient of a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, as well as Fulbright-IIE and Fulbright-Hays scholarships to Tunisia and Morocco, respectively. He received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Anny Wong is an adjunct political scientist with the RAND Corporation and a research fellow with the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She also serves on the board of the Japan-America Society of Dallas–Fort Worth and provides analyses on politics and economics in East and Southeast Asia for senior business executives. Her research covers science and technology policy, international development, military manpower, and U.S. relations with states in the Asia-Pacific region. She received a PhD in political science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

Min Zin is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy’s Transitions blog. He also serves as a Burma country analyst for several research foundations. His writings appear in Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Irrawaddy, the Bangkok Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom in the World.

 

Academic Advisers

Eva Bellin is Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics in the Department of Politics and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.

Julio F. Carrión is an associate professor and founding director of the Center for Global and Area Studies at the University of Delaware.

Kathleen Collins is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Tulia Falleti is the Class of 1965 Term associate professor of political science and senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Lane Greene is a Berlin-based correspondent for the Economist, and a former adjunct assistant professor of global affairs at New York University.

Steven Heydemann is vice president of Applied Research on Conflict and director of Syria programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and previously served as director of the Center for Democracy and Civil Society at Georgetown University.

Melissa Labonte is an associate professor of political science at Fordham University.

Thomas R. Lansner is a visiting professor at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs.

Adrienne LeBas is an assistant professor of government at American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Peter Lewis is an associate professor and director of the African Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Adam Luedtke is an assistant professor of political science at City University of New York–Queensborough Community College.

Ellen Lust is a professor of political science at Yale University and founding director of the Program on Governance and Local Development.

Peter Mandaville is a professor of government and politics and director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies at George Mason University.

Rajan Menon is the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, City College of New York/City University of New York.

John S. Micgiel is president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation and visiting professor at the University of Warsaw’s Eastern Studies Center.

Carl Minzner is a professor at Fordham Law School.

Alexander J. Motyl is a professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark.

Philip Oldenburg is a research scholar at Columbia University’s South Asia Institute.

Tsveta Petrova is a fellow at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University.

J. Mark Ruhl is the Glenn and Mary Todd Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College.

Martin Schain is a professor of politics at New York University.

Samer S. Shehata is an associate professor and Middle East Studies Program coordinator at the University of Oklahoma.

Scott Taylor is an associate professor at the School of Foreign Service and director of the African Studies Program at Georgetown University.

Joseph Tulchin is a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Bridget Welsh a senior research associate at the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies, National Taiwan University.

Susanna Wing is an associate professor at Haverford College.

 

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