Rukmani D. Bhatia is a senior policy analyst for Gun Violence Prevention at American Progress. She previously worked at Freedom House on their flagship publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press, managing the portfolios for the Americas, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and sub-Saharan Africa regions.

During the Obama administration, Bhatia served as the special assistant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia, working on Eastern European development programming and policy. Prior to her political appointment, she was the inaugural Hillary R. Clinton research fellow for U.S. Ambassador Melanne Verveer at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Her research focused on women’s political participation in post-conflict nations.

Bhatia has published extensively on democracy and human rights issues. She has conducted fieldwork in the Balkans, South and Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Central America. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Wellesley College.