Tanya Cooper is Russia researcher with the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch. She works on issues related to freedom of assembly, association, and expression, LGBT rights and discrimination. Cooper previously worked for Human Rights Watch's office in Moscow. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she worked as a casework coordinator for Amnesty International USA, as a human rights monitor with an OHCHR mission in the aftermath of the interethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, and as Central Asia analyst for the International Crisis Group. Cooper is a graduate of the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), American University and Northern Kazakhstan State University. She speaks Russian and French.