Ellie joins the Cornell community by way of Iowa State University where she worked as the Academic Program Assistant in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She earned a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Iowa with concentrations in literature, ethics, and social justice. Originally from Southern California, Ellie studied English Literature and United States’ history within the UC and CSU systems. Her eclectic professional background includes: employment at a law firm, working as a research assistant, tutoring first-generation college students, and teaching freshman composition. Ellie is excited about her role at CIHF and working in support of the Institute’s mission.