Ellory is a third-year PhD student in sociology with an emphasis on Social Psychology and Sociology of Law. She graduated with a BA in criminology and a minor in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in December of 2016, and with an MA in Sociology from West Virginia University in May of 2019. Ellory’s personal research interests focus on how people perceive the world around them. Her previous research has focused on what people think regarding news coverage of terrorism, but her current work is focused on how members of a jury perceive forensic experts and forensic evidence. Ellory currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Christopher Scheitle in the SOCA department, where they are working on a project concerning graduate students in scientific disciplines and how religion might influence their academic lives.