Brenna Knippen is a research associate at FDD focusing on Turkey. In her research, she studies sanctions evasion, illicit finance, and U.S. – Turkey relations. She previously worked as a Turkish Analyst at Sayari Labs, supporting investigations on illicit networks and beneficial ownership through open source research in Turkish. She studied Turkish language through The U.S. State Department’s full immersion NSLI-Y programs, spending a year in Izmir and time in Bursa. She also completed the American Research Institute in Turkey’s advanced Turkish fellowship at Bogazici University in Istanbul.
She earned her BA from George Washington University in Classical History and Archaeology.