Director, Free Expression At-Risk Programs
Karin Deutsch Karlekar is the director of PEN’s Free Expression At Risk Programs. She focuses on global free expression, artistic freedom, press freedom, and digital rights issues, and leads PEN’s assistance to individuals at risk as a result of their expression. Prior to joining PEN, she served from 2001–15 as director of Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press project, coordinating the production of a flagship annual report that tracks trends in global media freedom and rates every country in the world. As well as acting as an expert spokesperson on press freedom issues at conferences, meetings, and in media appearances, Dr. Karlekar has developed index methodologies and conducted training sessions on press freedom, internet freedom, freedom of expression, and monitoring dangerous speech; authored a number of special reports and academic papers; and conducted research, assessment, and advocacy missions to Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. She has also worked as an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit and as a consultant for Human Rights Watch, and is currently a member of the governing council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) network (and from 2006–09 served as its chair). She holds a Ph.D. in Indian History from Cambridge University and a B.A. from Vassar College.