Hannah Gais is a freelance writer and graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, where her focus is on the intersection of nationalism , extremism, and Russian orthodox identity in a post-Soviet context.  
She wrote her thesis (Division III) on the origins of ethnophyletism(ecclesial racism) in the Greek Orthodox Church. Gais also studied at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, United Kingdom. 
As a journalist, she has written on Eastern Europe, the far-right, and foreign policy for a number of publications, including The Baffler, The New Republic, LobeLog, Commonweal, Al Jazeera America, First Things, U.S. News & World Report, among many others. She previously worked on social media at The Baffler and was also an editor at The Washington Spectator.