Sahar Chaudhry joined the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in October 2010. Her areas of responsibility include South Asia, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and the island of Cyprus. Before joining the Commission, she was a research analyst for religion & world affairs at the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life. Her work focused on governmental and societal restrictions on religions and Muslim demography. She also contributed qualitative and quantitative analysis to several public opinion surveys and demographic reports of religious groups. She has also worked at Shearman & Sterling, LLP, where along with her regular position as a legal assistant for Corporate Finance, she donated her time to assist on several religious asylum and political asylum cases. Ms. Chaudhry received her Master's degree in International Political Economy from Claremont Graduate University and holds Bachelor's degrees in Economics and International Politics from Connecticut College.