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Elise Jaffe is the Director of the Roosevelt Scholars Program. She also serves as the Director of the Pre-Law Program at Hunter College. Elise has a background in academics, policy, and law. 

Before joining Hunter College, Elise was an associate with a large New York law firm where she focused on employee benefits and corporate governance issues in the public and private sectors. Elise holds a J.D. from St. John's School of Law, which she attended on scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. Earlier in her career, Elise earned graduate degrees from Yale University (M.A., M.Phil.) and the University of Wisconsin (M.P.A.), in political science and public administration, respectively. Her work has touched many areas of policy, including compliance, advocacy, and implementation. At Yale, her research focused on unemployment benefits and due process in healthcare. Elise has developed and taught political science classes at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Hunter College. Her teaching experience includes Advocacy in the Courts, Bureaucracy & Democracy, Politics of the Welfare State, and Introduction to American Politics. Elise received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

The parent of a teenager, Elise is married and lives with her family in Queens.

Elise can be reached at She holds walk-in office hours from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays in 712 East.



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