Ellory is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. She graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and a minor in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in December of 2016. She completed her M.A. in Sociology from West Virginia University in May of 2019 with her thesis titled “Framing effects on fear of terrorism and willingness to sacrifice civil liberties.” During her time with the department, Ellory has served as both a teaching assistant (2017-2018; 2021-2022) and a graduate research assistant (2018-2021) on a National Science Foundation Grant-Funded project.
Ellory is currently working towards the completion of her dissertation, which focuses on how characteristics of a forensic expert and characteristics of potential jury members interact to produce differences in juror perceptions of forensic expert testimony in a criminal trial. Her main research interests are Sociology of Law, Social Psychology, and the Sociology of Science.