Simon Cosgrove is a MacArthur Foundation "Program Officer for Global Security & Sustainability working in the Moscow Office. He has much of the responsibility for human rights grantmaking in the Initiative in the Russian Federation and Post-Soviet States. Prior to joining MacArthur, Cosgrove worked at the European Commission Delegation in Moscow as Chief Political Analyst. Later he became Team Leader for the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). At EIDHR, Cosgrove was responsible for the European Union's grantmaking for human rights and democratic development in Russia. In addition to his experience with the European Commission, Cosgrove worked as a secondary school teacher in London and taught English in rural northwestern Zimbabwe. Cosgrove is a British national with a PhD in Russian area studies from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London. His master's degree is in Soviet studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Russian Nationalism and the Politics of Soviet Literature: The Case of Nash sovremennik 1981-91, which examines the roots of ideological opposition to democratic government and human rights in Russia." 
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- Human Rights and International Justice Staff, MacArthur Foundation, accessed November 2, 2008.