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Who We Are

Founded in 2023, ISMA is a public policy organization committed to defending free societies and opposing the worldwide slide into illiberalism

White Waves

Meet the Board

Emily Chamlee-Wright

President, Institute for Humane Studies (IHS)

Michael Abramowitz

President, Freedom House

Eli Lehrer

President, R Street Institute

Shikha Dalmia

Shikha founded ISMA in 2023 with the aim of preventing the overtaking of liberal democracies by religious, ethnic, and populist nationalist movements.


Berny Belvedere

Berny joined The UnPopulist in the fall of 2023 as its senior editor, and in the same year came on board at ISMA as its executive director.

Executive Director

Landry Ayres

Landry Ayres is Creative Director at ISMA and Managing Editor/Senior Producer at The UnPopulist.

Creative Director

Thomas Shull

Thomas Shull is editor-at-large of The UnPopulist and survey research director for ISMA.

Survey Research Director

Meet the Team

Crowd at a Demonstration

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Your assistance helps us foster a more informed and resilient global community.

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