Elise Reifschneider

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Adjunct Fellow

Expertise: Political ecology, gender issues, energy geopolitics, Russian/Central Asia

EliseElise Reifschneider is a Utah-based policy advocate for refugees displaced by political strife. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Elise earned her B.A. in Government/International Affairs from Augustana College.  She is currently attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT, where she is pursuing her M.A. in International Community Leadership, with a focus on Foreign Policy.  Elise is conducting thesis-research around the topics of energy security and international relations, analyzing the effects of dynamic political relationships on contemporary American foreign policy.

Her background includes nonprofit management and government work at the state and federal levels, including time abroad with the Department of State.  Elise is a founding board member and Co-President of Utah’s US National Committee Chapter for UN Women, a member of the YWCA’s Young Women’s Council, and is proficient in Russian.

Recent Posts

Water Security in Central Asia: Rogun Dam and Human Rights

Posted on: January 5th, 2015

Water Security in Central Asia: The Aral Sea

Posted on: November 21st, 2014