I was drawn to LEO because of their rigorous, scientific approach to understanding poverty and their commitment to using this research to change lives. My hometown of Morganfield, Kentucky gave me the opportunity to step into the lives of others. Racism, poverty, and inequality have names and stories for me because of the interconnectedness of small-town life. I am passionate about understanding the complexities of poverty and also pushing impactful research beyond the walls of the ivory tower to make a difference in the lives of real people. LEO gives me the opportunity to do both.
Emily works with Professor Rob Collinson on public housing and housing policy research. She is also an economics PhD student at Notre Dame. Emily holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Louisville. Her research interests include applied microeconomics, especially within the fields of labor, public, and health economics.