Elise Passamani D.Phil

Senior Advisor

Elise Passamani holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Oxford, where she was a St. John’s College Lamb & Flag Scholar, a Choral Scholar, an H.B. Earhart Fellow, and an active member of the Oxford University Conservative Association. Her dissertation, entitled “Empathy and Narcissism in the Work of Molière,” was supervised formally by Professor Alain Viala and informally by Sir Roger Scruton. A summa cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Elise received a Wellesley Graduate Scholarship and was a 2007 Claremont Institute Publius Fellow.

As a senior adviser to Ambassador Gray, Elise has written about health policy, regulation, law, and politics. Her writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, The American Conservative, and National Review. Previously, she spent two years as an associate editor at the American Enterprise Institute.

Elise played a small role in the 2003 major motion picture Mona Lisa Smile, which was filmed in part at Wellesley and starred Julia Roberts. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, speaks fluent French, and has reading proficiency in Italian.

D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2015
M.St., University of Oxford, 2006
B.A., Wellesley College, 2005