Ph.D., Boston College (2015)
B.A., Trinity College (2004)
Elitsa Molles holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Boston College, with a focus on Western European immigration. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German Studies from Trinity College. She has taught courses on European Immigration, International Organizations, and the Modern State at Trinity College and Boston College. She served as a teaching associate or teaching assistant on subjects like democratization, human rights, and the contested constitutional rights of Americans. With the help of the ZEIT Foundation’s Dissertation Scholarship in Migration Studies, Molles completed a doctoral dissertation concerned with the effect of identity on the integration of immigrants in Western European cities.
Through the examination of real-life cases, Molles challenges her students to understand the processes of immigration and integration, state building and collapse, as well as interstate cooperation in international organizations. 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.