Dr. Daniel Calingaert is vice president of policy and external affairs at Freedom House. In this role, he oversees Freedom House’s contributions to policy debate on democracy and human rights issues and outreach to the U.S. Congress, foreign governments, media, and Freedom House supporters. He previously supervised Freedom House’s civil society and media programs worldwide. He contributes frequently to policy and media discussions on democracy issues, including internet freedom, elections, authoritarian regimes, and democracy assistance. He also has taught at Georgetown University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) Program in Democracy and Governance, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and American University’s School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining Freedom House, Dr. Calingaert was Associate Director of American University’s Center for Democracy and Election Management and Associate Director of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, which was co-chaired by Jimmy Carter and James A. Baker, III. He served as Director for Asia and as Deputy Director for Eastern Europe at the International Republican Institute (IRI), where he designed and managed a wide range of democracy promotion programs. These programs strengthened civil society, parliaments, governance, political parties, and elections in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Calingaert began his career as a researcher at the RAND Corporation and later directed programs for the Civic Education Project to reform social science education at universities across Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He graduated with highest honors in International Relations from Tufts University and earned his Master in Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) from Oxford University.