Polina is a Strategy Associate at HRF, working to amplify its message in the global media and build partnerships in fields from tech to academia. Previously, she conducted research for the Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press publications at Freedom House. She has held internships in the publishing, media, and nonprofit sectors. Polina is a graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in political science with a concentration in Russian regional studies. Her thesis examined the international human rights obligations of de facto sovereign territories.