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President, Freedom House

American Academy Fellow - Class of Fall 2021


Michael J. Abramowitz is president of Freedom House, a bipartisan organization dedicated to promoting democracy. Its work includes the authoritative Freedom in the World report, a yearly analysis of democratic institutional health in every country across the globe.

Before joining Freedom House, in 2017, Abramowitz was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and, later oversaw its public-education programs through exhibitions, training programs, and digital outreach. Abramovitz was previously national editor and White House correspondent for the Washington Post. He is a member of the Human Freedom Advisory Council at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, Abramowitz is also a board member of the National Security Archive.

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