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.
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
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
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.