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 Vox, the Stanford Social Innovation ReviewPacific 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

Why Trump's Anti-WTO Rhetoric Isn't Just About Trade

Over the past week, the president has pointed out the flaws of the WTO—and, in turn, has risked broader international security.

Is America's Future Federalist?

Federalism offers a range of policy solutions—ones not limited merely to blocking unfriendly proposals at the national level.

Building Democratic Infrastructure

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Hollie Russon Gilman, K. Sabeel Rahman, and Elena Souris detailed two areas that civic engagement

Why federalism is hard

Chayenne Polimedio and Elena Souris list some of the major obstacles to federalism in today's political reality on Vox.

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?

In the wake of Germany's elections, it appears that Angela Merkel has created a vacuum on the right—one an extremist party is keen to fill.

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.