My academic and professional orientation has always been towards the examination and advancement of democracy, from different angles and through various experiences. Now at the Institute since September 2023, I am very glad to be focused on researching elections with this same intent. I previously worked in Georgia for a political foundation and a media outlet on projects intended to improve democracy and dialogue throughout the South Caucasus. My master’s degree was in Conflict & Democracy Studies at Masaryk University, including a traineeship at the European Public Law Organization in Greece. My hobbies throughout all of this are running, hiking, knitting, and doing puzzles.