Dr. Anna Neistat is Senior Director for Research at Amnesty International.
In this capacity, she leads and oversees Amnesty International’s research worldwide (starting September 1, 2014).
Prior to that, Neistat worked as associate director for Program and Emergencies at Human Rights Watch. Neistat has been involved in human rights work for the last 18 years. At Human Rights Watch, she led fact-finding missions in conflict areas and was responsible for developing investigative methodology and training for Human Rights Watch researchers and directors.
Neistat has conducted over 60 investigations in conflict areas around the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Kenya, Yemen, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Haiti. She has authored or co-authored over 40 Human Rights Watch reports as well as numerous articles and opinion pieces. Neistat comments regularly in the media on violations of human rights law and humanitarian law in crisis situations, and speaks at universities, research centers, national and international institutions.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Neistat worked for «Echo of Moscow,» Russia’s leading radio station, the Open Society Institute, and as a constitutional law researcher at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Neistat holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology. She is a member of the New York State Bar, and teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.
In 2012, she was selected for the “Rising Talents” program at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and named one of the “24 women of 2012” by L’Express magazine. Neistat was profiled in Elle, Dissent magazine, Redbook magazine, and other publications.