Ellen Chapin graduated with highest honors from the University of Virginia in 2014 as a Jefferson Scholar, and with a BA in foreign affairs and political philosophy, policy, and law. After graduation, Ellen spent two years at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where she studied national security law, coordinated national white-collar crime takedowns, and assisted with trials against perpetrators of fraud. At Yale, she has focused on the intersection of counterterrorism and statistical analysis. Specifically, she is interested in using data to understand how global jihadist networks communicate and direct their affiliates to partake in different levels of political violence. In the summer of 2017, she served as a Rosenthal Fellow at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, researching and publishing on Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorism beyond the Islamic State's caliphate. In her time at Jackson, Ellen published in several academic journals on violent extremism, served as the executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Affairs, worked as a teaching fellow and research assistant, and sang with the Citations, the graduate student a cappella group. After graduation, Ellen will spend a year as General Stanley McChrystal’s chief speechwriter in Washington, DC, and will subsequently begin pursuing her PhD in political science at Stanford University.