Keely Bakken is currently on detail with the U.S. Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom.
Keely Bakken is a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom focusing on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. Prior to joining USCIRF, Ms. Bakken was a Program Officer at American Councils for International Education. She also worked at Small Projects Istanbul, a Turkish NGO providing educational opportunities for refugees, where she taught Turkish.
Ms. Bakken holds a Master of Arts in Central Eurasian Studies and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she also received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish. She was the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Russia and a Boren Fellowship to Turkey, where her research focused on minority issues and identity, nationalism, and foreign policy.