Catherine Cutler Institute

Elisa Koehnlein

Policy Analyst I, Justice Policy Program
Elisa Koehnlein

Office Location

233G Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • Master of Arts, Political Science (Focus: Women and Politics), Rutgers University
  • Master of Arts, Politics and Public Administration (Focus: Conflict Management and International Administration), University of Konstanz (Germany)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and South Asian Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)


Elisa Koehnlein is a Policy Analyst I at the Cutler Institute at the University of Southern Maine. She is currently working on the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) project, funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. In her role on the VAWA MEI team, Elisa coordinates the development and production of the Biennial Reports to Congress and contributes to other deliverables. She also cleans and analyzes data and provides training and technical assistance to OVW grantees.

Elisa’s background is in Political Science and prior to joining the VAWA MEI team, she completed a double Master’s Degree at the University of Konstanz in Germany and Rutgers University in the U.S. with a focus on gender equality, women’s rights and political representation, and political conflict.

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative and qualitative research
  • InDesign
  • Excel
  • SPSS