Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Elise is a PhD student at the University of Georgia studying Political Science and International Affairs with a focus on American politics. Elise is an experienced non-profit executive with a background in state policy and government relations.

  • University at Buffalo (SUNY) – Master’s of Social Work (MSW) – 2013
  • Cornell University – Bachelor’s of Science (BS) – Industrial & Labor Relations – 2010
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Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Elise served as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in Georgia and worked in public service, advocacy and government affairs for around ten years. Elise’s goal is to advance and support research that generates greater dialogue on the allocation of policy benefits and representation concerning historically marginalized communities and groups. Specifically, she is interested in exploring representation and political power for Native American communities. Elise has an interest in examining the role of tribal sovereignty in political processes and its broader role within American politics. Learn more and read Elise’s full bio at:

Of Note

Enrolled Citizen – Osage Nation

Indigenous Leadership Fellow – Arizona State University American Indian Policy Institute (2022)

Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth Graduate Fellowship (2020, 2021)

Zell Miller Leadership Institute (2020)

40 Under 40 – Georgia’s Best and Brightest – Georgia Trend Magazine (2019)

LEAD Atlanta (2019)

City of Atlanta – Commission on Women – Post-3 At Large Appointee (2017 – 2020)

Annie E. Casey Foundation – Child Health Policy Fellow (2018 – 2019)

30 Under 30 Georgia Nonprofit Leader (2016)

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence – University at Buffalo (SUNY) (2013)

Terese Eusanio Memorial Award – University at Buffalo (SUNY) (2013)

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous & Native American Politics State Politics Health Policy Consumer Financial Protection


American Political Science Association

Indigenous Studies Network at APSA

Midwestern Political Science Association

Course Instruction

1101 – Introduction to American Government

Research Interests

American politics, representation, tribal sovereignty, state politics, institutions