Christie L.C. Ellis

Science. Communication. Activism.


Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office

Solar Energy Technologies

I specialize in science communication, so I work with all of the office’s technical teams and get exposure to many solar energy technologies.

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Public Communication

I am involved in all our office communication, including writing, social media, webinars, web design, and more.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

I am leading both internal- and external-facing efforts to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into our office’s work.

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Communicating Across Audiences

I am equally at home communicating with a scientific audience or the general public. I am adept at writing, social media engagement, oral presentation, and multimedia creation.

Public Science Communication

I worked as a science journalist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow and am editor-in-chief and an author for the science culture magazine GQM.

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Technical Science Communication

I have written journal articles, perspective articles, a book chapter, and a patent, primarily about solar cells and solid state materials.

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Materials Chemistry, Renewable Energy,
and more

As a part of my Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Energy, I work with a plethora of solar energy technologies.

In my Ph.D., I investigated a promising new family of solar cell materials called hybrid perovskites.

I’ve done a little bit of everything in the world of energy and chemistry research – and even a little biology!

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Activist at Heart

I believe that the pursuit of science is inextricable from the pursuit of equity. Most of my activism centers on advancement of women and other underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, but my passion for social justice has brought me many places.


I launched the #SafeAtWork campaign at UMass protesting sexual violence against women in STEM graduate programs, and worked with university administrators to create more effective policies.

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I love involving girls and young women in the physical sciences, where we are greatly underrepresented, and advising women who are interested in pursuing science on how to thrive in that environment.

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