Elena Akers

elena akers
Researcher/Junior Data Collection Manager, START
University of Maryland

Elena Akers is the junior data collection manager for the Radicalization and Disengagement (RaD) research portfolio at START. She holds a BA in German and International Studies with research distinction from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining START, she spent time teaching English and American culture in Germany as a Fulbright grantee.


  • The Ohio State University, B.A., German and International Studies, Summa Cum Laude with research distinction, 2020
Professional Experience:
  • University of Maryland, START, Researcher/Junior Data Collection Manager, 2022 - Present
  • Fulbright Germany, English Teaching Assistant, 2021 – 2022