Laura Linderman is the associate director for the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center where she develops and shapes the Center's analytic and intellectual work on Georgia and executes related event programming. Additionally, she maintains relationships with Georgian government, opposition, and civil society representatives, and the wider Washington policy community. She is the author of three Atlantic Council briefs on Georgia.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council in 2012, Ms. Linderman served as Education Services Coordinator for Splunk, a software company. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in western Georgia, where she taught English at the Pedagogical Industrial College of Ozurgeti and served as President of the national Student Women Alliance Network. In 2002-2003, she interned at the country’s premier think-tank, Liberty Institute, where she examined corruption in higher education at Tbilisi State University and supported the Institute's program to draw attention to discrimination against religious minorities. She has published and edited articles on Georgia for Foreign Policy, the Anthropology of East Europe Review, Liberty Institute, and the Global Post.
Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Linderman holds a B.A. in Anthropology and German Language and Literature from Wellesley College and an MA from Indiana University in Anthropology. Her master's thesis is on gender in rural western Georgia and is based on fieldwork conducted there in 2009.
She speaks Georgian and is proficient in Russian and German.
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October 24, 2013Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Associate Director Laura Linderman joined Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to discuss the upcoming elections in Georgia:
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