Biography

Elise Barber

Elise Barber

MPP student, American

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, I graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with a major in Political Science and a concentration in Hispanic Studies. During my time at Columbia, I focused on devising a new way to study the effect of restrictive voting laws in the United States on the voter turnout of minority groups in recent U.S. presidential elections. During the past few years, I interned with various political/governmental, non-profit and private sector offices including Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal office, U.S. Senator (and current Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer's New York City and Washington, D.C. offices, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's New York City office, the Clinton Foundation, as well as NBC and MSNBC News. At the Blavatnik School, I hope to develop the analytical skills needed to form and pass more effective U.S. public policies in immigration, voting rights and women's rights, which are all the more critical in our current political environment.