Evan Hill is a researcher and writer focused on U.S. foreign policy, human rights investigations and the Middle East. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Economist, Foreign Policy, Slate, the Nation and elsewhere, with a recent focus on the development of progressive foreign policy ideas.
From 2014 to 2017, he was a Beirut-based Middle East researcher with Human Rights Watch, where he investigated government and security force conduct in the region. During his time at Human Rights Watch, he helped expose Egyptian military intelligence culpability in extrajudicial executions, used open-source techniques to identify a police officer who fatally shot a peaceful protester (leading to the officer’s arrest), documented illegal evictions and the demolition of thousands of homes as part of a counter-insurgency campaign with the help of satellite imagery, and exposed how Egyptian police units were likely covering up summary executions.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, he was a staff writer on the Al Jazeera America features desk, where he conceived and led a major multimedia project on Obama administration drug law reforms, and a reporter for Al Jazeera English, where he covered the Middle East.
His reporting from Egypt and Libya for Al Jazeera English during the Arab Spring - including coverage of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation and the fall of Tripoli - helped win an Online News Association award for breaking news. In 2013, he was the first journalist to uncover official evidence of the Egyptian military's involvement in killings and disappearances during the revolution. In 2018, he served as a Harold W. Rosenthal International Relations Fellow in the Washington, D.C., office of a U.S. senator, advising the office on foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East.
He speaks Arabic, is learning Persian, and is finishing a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (May 2019), having focused on international security policy and conflict resolution. He graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2007.
You can follow Evan on Twitter @evanchill and email him at ehilloffice (at) gmail (dot) com.