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Elias's research addresses diversity and representation in governance with a particular focus on sex/gender orientation and identity. She explores means of increasing sex/gender representation through technology and social media in public administration. As a Faculty Partner at the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, she developed and teaches an independent study course as part of The David Rockefeller Fund Fellowship experience. Elias regularly collaborates with practitioners at the federal level. She is a Research Fellow at Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) with the U.S. Department of Defense, held a Research Fellowship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office, and served as the Lead Faculty Advisor to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on the 2016 Government-wide Inclusive Diversity Strategic Plan.
Elias is the co-editor of a symposium on the future of women in public administration appearing in Administration & Society and served as managing editor of Administration & Society for three years. In addition to her research and teaching, Elias is the co-founder of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College.
Addresses organizational behavior and management issues by presenting a successful case of a workplace transition. Interviews an administrator guiding the transitioning process and one of the first federal employees to complete a transition while in a federal field office are conducted.
Argues for a more comprehensive treatment of merit, deservedness, and fairness than found in Rawls's A Theory of Justice, one that incorporates luck and takes into account social values rooted in historical preference and identity.
Analyzes federal policy seeking to increase representation in the following Executive Orders: 13078, 13163, 13171, 13518, 13548, and 13585. Prime emphasis is devoted to the most recent and comprehensive, Executive Order 13583 and the Government-wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Demonstrates significant implications for management and governance, particularly in the text, discursive practice, and social practice surrounding the meaning of “diversity” purported for the federal bureaucracy.