Elias Assaf is a PhD student in Political Science with a major in International Relations and a minor in Political Psychology. His research focuses on the psychological processes that shape group and individual-level judgments and influence foreign policy decisions. Elias employs experimental designs, content analysis, and time series methodologies, and seeks to connect psychological operationalizations of cognition and emotion to international relations research. He is a Minority Fellow of The American Political Science Association (2014-2015), and a graduate of The University of Central Florida (B.A., M.A., 2014), where he was awarded the Pollock-Ellsworth Award for Best Master's Level Thesis in Political Science for advanced quantitative methodology. He has presented work on decision making in international relations at The Southern Political Science Association and The Florida Political Science Association.