Elen Aghekyan is an M.A. student at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. At Yale, she focuses on the intersection of disinformation and democratic resilience, and particularly how communities around the world are confronting unique vulnerabilities to disinformation, including through media literacy and civic education. She began her career at the democracy watchdog Freedom House, where she was a research analyst for the organization’s flagship Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press projects as well as special research on modern authoritarianism. Elen also managed the organization's Europe and Eurasia consultant research teams. While continuing her education, Elen serves as a consultant for democracy and human rights NGOs, providing as a researcher and writer. Immediately prior to Yale, Elen worked for Columbia University's Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, where she led public programs and external communications. Elen grew up between Armenia and the United States, and earned a B.A. in history and government, summa cum laude, from Cornell University. At Cornell, she was a Frederic Conger Wood Undergraduate Research Fellow and a recipient of the Anne Macintyre Litchfield Prize in History.