Dr. Mischa Thompson is the director of Global Partnerships, Policy, and Innovation at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), where she manages the commission’s legislative agenda, external engagement, and social impact portfolio. She is also the senior policy advisor on OSCE matters related to western Europe, including the European Union. As a specialist in transatlantic and intergroup relations, Dr. Thompson has organized recent events on U.S.-EU relations, migration, and Brexit. She also advises the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance and commissioners on security, economic, and human rights issues related to diverse populations.
Prior to joining the commission, she served as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and as an AAAS/APA Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Originally from Detroit, Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was a prestigious National Science Foundation Fellow and managed several laboratories, research grants, and diversity initiatives in the social sciences with a focus on intergroup relations, identity, and bias. She received her B.S. from Howard University, while also studying at Stanford University and the University of Münster, in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. A German Marshall Fund and Salzburg Global Fellow, Dr. Thompson currently serves on the International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association board and the WE EMPOWER USA Advisory Group, an initiative of the EU, UN Women, and International Labour Organization (ILO).