Isabel Linzer is an MPP student at the Jackson School for Global Affairs interested in human rights, democratic backsliding, and authoritarianism. She wants to use research to inform policymaking in these areas.
Prior to Yale, Isabel co-authored two reports on transnational repression at Freedom House. She also led Election Watch for the Digital Age, a project focusing on the interplay of elections and the internet, and coordinated research on sub-Saharan Africa for Freedom in the World and Freedom on the Net, the organization’s annual reports on political rights and civil liberties and on internet freedom, respectively. Isabel previously worked at the National Democratic Institute, supporting the election observation mission to Liberia’s 2017 presidential election. While at Yale, Isabel has worked on technology and human rights issues at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, researched regional migration issues for the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, and continued her research on transnational repression. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, Slate, and Foreign Affairs, among others. Isabel holds a BA in government and French from Wesleyan University.