Elizabeth Jelin obtained a PhD in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests and publications are in the fields of human rights, memory of political repression, citizenship, social movements, gender and the family.
She currently teaches at the Doctoral Program in the Social Sciences at UNGS-IDES, a program she directed since its creation in 2003 through 2007.
She was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2007-2008) and is currently a member of the Academic Board of that institution. She is a Board member of UNRISD. Professor Jelin is a member of the editorial committees of a number of journals and publications in the field of social sciences.