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Thomas O. Melia is Deputy Assistant Secretary in the US State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor since August 2010. He came to State after serving as Deputy Executive Director of Freedom House since May 2005. He was previously Director of Research at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Adjunct Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he taught graduate courses about democracy promotion. From 1988-2001 Melia held senior posts at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, managing programs on Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; after 2002 he became a Senior Advisor at Freedom House and NDI. Melia was previously Associate Director of the Free Trade Union Institute of the AFL-CIO and a Legislative Assistant to US Senator Daniel Moynihan. He received his MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.