Rebecca Fradkin

Dr. Rebecca

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Rebecca Fradkin is an expert on authoritarian regimes, religion and politics, and the former Soviet Union.

Rebecca Fradkin received her PhD at the University of Oxford in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her doctoral thesis, Authoritarian Regimes and the Co-optation of Islam: Kazakhstan and Russia, examined how and why national and sub-national authoritarian regimes with Muslim majorities co-opt Islam and how ordinary citizens perceive these efforts.

Rebecca also previously earned her master’s from Oxford in Comparative Politics. She holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees in: Political Science (Diplomacy and Global Politics); Comparative Religion; and Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies from Miami University of Ohio. While at Miami, Rebecca was a Junior Fellow at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, one of the foremost centers for research on contemporary Russia.

Rebecca can be contacted for media requests at fradkin.rebecca[at] Her Women Also Know Stuff profile can be found here.



Post-Graduate Researcher, University of Oxford

October 2014- August 2019

Analyzing why and how authoritarian regimes co-opt religion; deconstructing how authoritarian regimes co-opt Islam in Muslim majority states and regions; assessing how citizens perceive these policies.

Summer Political Analyst, U.S. Department of State

July-October 2012

Evaluated implementation and response to new law regulating religion in Kazakhstan.

Oversaw the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office during Director’s leave, included overseeing efforts to improve border security, deter trafficking of drugs, and combat human trafficking.

Assessed how policies on religion can affect stability, the potential for radicalization, and contribute towards or deescalate conflict.

Provided recommendations to senior management, NGOs, and foreign policy communities on how the implementation of the law on religion could be altered to reduce risk of conflict, increase dialogue and freedom of religion.

Departmental Instructor, University of Oxford

October-December 2016

Taught course on Minorities in Post-Communist Societies. Designed course curriculum and evaluation.

President, Oxford Women in Politics

May 2015 - October 2016

OxWiP is the premier society at Oxford dedicated to advancing the role of women in public and professional life.

Initiated and executed successful high profile events with Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter (CEO and President of the New America Foundation, former Director of Policy Planning at US Department of State), Ambassador Melanne Verveer (former Chief of Staff for Hillary Clinton and Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security), and Gloria Steinem.

Oversaw organization with about 1,000 members and among the most diverse organizations at Oxford University; managed diverse team representing at least 10 different nationalities with a variety of professional backgrounds including public service, law, and healthcare.


Public Policy
Public Service
Data Analysis



DPhil (PhD) Politics
August 2019


MPhil (MA) Comparative Government
June 2014


Triple Major: Political Science; Comparative Religion; and Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies.
University Honors with Distinction
August 2012


Centre for East European and International Studies Fellowship
Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

Trajectories of Change Fellowship
ZEIT Stiftung Eselin und Gerd Bucerius

Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Bursary Fund and Archie Brown Scholarship
St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Cyril Foster and Dr. Jal Pavry Memorial Grant
DPIR, University of Oxford

Centre for East European Studies Language-Based Area Studies Doctoral Grant
Centre for East European Studies

Constant H. Jacquet Research Award
Religious Research Association

Havighurst Junior Fellow: Russia and Ukraine
Miami University of Ohio


Oxford Network for Terrorism Research (T-Rox Network)

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Dialogue Initiative on Countering Violent Extremism


Email: fradkin.rebecca[at]
Twitter: @RebeccaFradkin