2017 John Jay Fellow
Hometown: Burleson, Texas
College: Baylor University
Degree: B.A. Political Philosophy and Great Texts
As a daughter of active duty military parents, Elayne Allen has lived throughout the United States, but calls Texas home. A 2017 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in political philosophy and great texts, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov, in which she examines the concept of theocracy presented in the novel.
Elayne interned with the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and with United States Congressman Ted Poe of Texas. In the summer of 2017, Elayne completed the Hudson Institute's Political Studies Program.
Elayne takes pleasure in deliberating theological, political, and cultural questions with others in an effort to know truth more fully. As a John Jay Fellow, she is excited to belong to a community of young adults who share a commitment to undertaking a distinctly Christian approach to their professional lives. At John Jay, she seeks to participate in the growing conversations about how Christians ought to live in this world and participate in the public sphere. Elayne plans to attend graduate school and to research solutions to political problems through a Christian lens.