Elsa is a PhD candidate at Princeton University in the fields of comparative politics, empirical methods, and international relations with a joint degree in Social Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs. She studies transitional justice policies and how they shape political behavior and reconciliation in post-violence settings.

Elsa is currently a US Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar. Her work has also been funded by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Program in Latin American Studies, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and Princeton Research in Experimental Social Sciences.

At Princeton, Elsa is a student coordinator of Princeton Women in Political Science (PWIPS), Princeton Research in Experimental Social Sciences (PRESS) , a graduate student affiliate at Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC), and a Resident Graduate Student (RGS) at Rockefeller College.

Before Princeton, Elsa received a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and worked as a management consultant in Washington, D.C. at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Selected Honors and Awards

US Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar