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Olga Khvostunova is IMR’s political analyst and researcher. She is a well-published journalist and academic writer, and coauthor of Media and Politics, a textbook for graduate students. Previously, she worked as a contributing editor at Kommersant Publishing House in Moscow (2005–2010) and an associate professor in Moscow State University’s journalism department. Her areas of expertise include political linguistics, media, think tanks, Russian politics, and energy markets. She holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in political science (political communications) from Lomonosov Moscow State University. As a 2010 Fulbright Scholar, she conducted a research project on U.S. and Russian think tanks at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.