Klara A. Bilgin (Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University, 2006) is an independent political researcher working in Washington, DC. Her recent work focuses on the processes of regime change and elections in Eastern Europe and the Eurasia. Dr. Bilgin has taught at SUNY- Geneseo, Western Illinois University and the College of St Mary’s, MD. She has worked as an election observer on a number of OSCE missions around the world, and has most recently participated in the “Organizing for America” campaign in Fairfax, VA.