Elena Souris

Research/Program Assistant, Political Reform Program

Elena Souris is a research/program assistant for the Political Reform program. At New America, she helps with program management and contributes to researching and writing articles, policy papers, and reports. She has conducted investigative research into terrorism and far-right recruitment, as well as work on national security, coalition-building, German politics, and U.S. foreign policy. Souris has written for Pacific Standard and the Washington Monthly.

Before coming to New America, Souris worked at the City of San Antonio's International Relations Office, for the Fulbright program, in Rep. Marc Veasey's (D-Texas) Dallas district office, and as a production assistant at Texas Public Radio. Elena graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University with a double major in political science and communication.

All Work

Laboratories of Democracy Database

A platform for information and ideas about reform based on state experimentation.

Germany's Murky Year Ahead

The country's uncertain political climate likely means major changes to domestic policies, and possibly a moment of opportunity for the AfD.

All Politics Is Local

Hollie Russon Gilman and Elena Souris wrote about new, more inclusive models of civic engagement on the local level for Washington Monthly.

Germany's Coalition Crisis?

While the breakdown of Germany's coalition negotiations is unprecedented, it's unclear whether this is necessarily a symptom of collapse.

Case Study Highlight: Q&A with NYC’s Regina Schwartz

Volunteering as Civic Engagement At Home and Abroad

What's Happening on Germany's Far Right?

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Isolationism in the Trump Era of 'America First'

The label arises amid political currents trending toward a fundamental struggle over the uniqueness of what it means to be American.