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Freedom House
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Karissa Jackson is a program associate on the Eurasia team at Freedom House, where she works on projects that support civil society and promote democratic initiatives in Moldova, Ukraine, and the South Caucasus. Prior to joining Freedom House, Karissa worked as the outreach assistant at the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute (REEI). Karissa also worked as a Fulbright teaching assistant at Comrat State University in Moldova, where she taught classes focused on communication and English culture and facilitated English clubs and cultural events for the local community. During her academic career, Karissa has had the opportunity to study though Arizona State University in Kazan and Kyiv, and spend a year as a Boren Scholar through the University of Arizona’s Russia Abroad program in Moscow, where she also interned at the American Center.

Karissa holds an M.A. in Russian and East European studies from the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Her thesis examined the recent education reforms and the status of Gagauz autonomy in Moldova. Karissa also has a B.A. from Centre College (Danville, Kentucky), where she majored in international studies and self-designed a Russian studies major.

 

 

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