Emily leads Public Agenda’s work to catalyze, translate, and synthesize rigorous research on the core institutions of American democracy, and to communicate findings to the people and organizations who can put them into action.

She has a wealth of academic experience, recently completing a PhD in sociology at Cornell University, where her research focused on the links between social inequality, income segregation, and public opinion. She has also taught undergraduates at Cornell and the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Prior to joining Public Agenda, Emily held various research consultancy roles at Karen Karp and Partners, a consulting firm specializing in food and agriculture. She engaged diverse stakeholders to deliver actionable research addressing economic development, equity, and sustainability for clients such as the Appalachian Regional Commissions, Northwest Arkansas Regional Council, and the New York City Department of Education.

Emily’s work has been cited in peer-reviewed publications such as City and Community and The New Handbook of Political Sociology. In addition to earning her PhD,  she holds a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Boston University and a master’s degree in urban policy analysis and management from the New School.