Ellie Jean graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in public relations and minor in women studies. As an undergraduate, she developed an interest in the areas of strategic communication, feminism, racial equality and wanted to continue her education at Penn State while maintaining her athletic career. Jean completed numerous strategic communication and women studies courses within her bachelor's degree that taught her new perspectives about the world and sparked a passion for campaign building and creating communication pieces that can affect society and change.
In her research, she plans to dissect the topic of communication as it relates to persuasion, gender and race to learn about the ways intersectionality and public relations blend. Beyond academics, Jean is a member of the Penn State women's soccer team, where she spends most of her free time.