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A Russian lawyer, Ekaterina Mishina graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Law School, from which she also holds a Ph.D. in law. She worked for the Constitutional Court of Russia, then headed Mostelecom’s legal department. From 2002–2005 she took part in the Law-Making and Regional Journalism projects of the Open Russia Foundation, and from 2007–2010, she worked on two large-scale projects for the INDEM (Information Science for Democracy) Foundation. In the capacity of either general manager or legal expert, she participated in several projects for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the European Union, and USAID. She was a visiting scholar at New York University from 1990–1991, had internships in the U.S. Congress and the Washington, D.C., law offices of Gardner, Carton & Douglas in 1993, and took part in the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Russia Experts Forum in 2006. Since 2005 she has worked as an assistant professor for the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics in Moscow, where she teaches comparative constitutional law and specifics of the reforms in the former Soviet Union. Currently, she is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.