Luke Johnson graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2009 with a degree in government. He also studied Russian at International University in Moscow, eventually becoming proficient in the language. After graduation, he lived in Washington and worked as a journalist. He got his start writing on the 2010 elections for The American Independent, a nonprofit news outlet. He then moved to the D.C. bureau of The Huffington Post, where he was a politics reporter and associate editor, covering campaigns, Congress, and breaking news. He also worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, writing on developments in the post-Soviet region and reporting on foreign policy. In addition to reporting from Washington, he has reported from Moscow, where he earned a Knight Foundation fellowship, and Ukraine, where he was a freelance reporter. At Yale, Luke hopes to concentrate on post-conflict development and state-building in fragile states.