Isabel Elliassen is a senior International Affairs, Chinese and Linguistics triple major from Covington Latin School in Edgewood, Kentucky. She is involved in Habitat for Humanity and Model UN. In the summer of 2019 Isabel studied abroad in Taiwan with the TUSA program. She is currently serving as an intern for the State Department Office of English Language Program (ELP) in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
At WKU, Isabel has actively engaged in undergraduate research. She received a Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant that has funded much of her research and serves as the basis for her Honors thesis that she will be defending this Spring. Working with Professor Timothy Rich, Isabel has published multiple pieces pertaining to her research on language policy including articles in the Journal of Asian and African Studies and the International Journal of Taiwan Studies. Isabel and her co-authors have also had several shorter articles published in The Diplomat and other public affairs outlets. The FUSE grant also provided Isabel with the opportunity to attend several academic conferences to present research.
Isabel says that the Department of Political Science has provided her “with research and publishing experiences that have helped prepare her for graduate school and other future professional opportunities.” After graduation, Isabel hopes to work in the public sector or to teach in East Asia before going to graduate school. She would one day like to study language policy, which has been the focus of much of her undergraduate research as well as her Honors thesis.