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Janna Adelstein

Research & Program Associate, Democracy

Janna Adelstein is a research and program associate in the Democracy Program. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she was an intern at the Vera Institute of Justice, the office of the Rt Hon David Lammy MP of the UK Parliament, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and at the office of U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper.

Adelstein received her BA with honors from Vanderbilt University in 2019 where she majored in political science, art history, and history. While at Vanderbilt, she served as a Dean’s Library Fellow, research assistant for the Research on Conflict and Collective Action (ROCCA) lab and for the Political Science and History departments. She was also vice president of the Vanderbilt College Democrats. She is currently working on a paper for publication with Dr. Brooke Ackerly at Vanderbilt University on why some women initially chose not to come forward after experiencing sexual assault. Her previous research has focused on the criminalization of immigrants in the U.S., voting rights, diplomacy, and how international organizations make reforms.