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Elissa Berwick

Elissa is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. After completing her fellowship at the Watson Institute, she will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Comparative Political Behavior at McGill University. Elissa received her PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September 2019, where her research focused on substate nationalism, exploring how the “imagined communities” of stateless nations mold actual political attitudes and behaviors. Before attending MIT, Elissa received an MPhil in Politics from Oxford University and briefly worked in Washington D.C. for the House Committee on Science and Technology. She also holds a B.S. from Yale University, where she double majored in Physics and Political Science.

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute, Brown University