B.A., Trinity College (2004)
Elitsa Molles earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German Studies from Trinity College. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics at Boston College, with a focus on Western European immigration. She served as teaching assistant on subjects like democratization and human rights and taught a class on the contested constitutional rights of Americans. With the help of the ZEIT Foundation’s Dissertation Scholarship in Migration Studies, Molles is working on a doctoral dissertation concerned with the effect of identity on the integration of immigrants in Western European cities.
Her work informs her pedagogical goals. Through a careful examination of real-life cases, Molles challenges her students to understand the processes of immigration and integration, especially in the context of culture and ethnicity in Western Europe. In her teaching, she encourages student-professor interaction and in-depth debates on controversial issues. She aims to equip her students with the analytical tools necessary for other academic endeavors and aid in their broader intellectual development.