Emily was born in Louisiana, and raised in Mississippi and Pennsylvania. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where she triple-majored in philosophy, psychology, and linguistics, and double-minored in English and French. In her senior year, Emily served as president of her college's senior honor society. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and was the winner of Tulane's Anne Butler Hess Prize in Philosophy. The following year, she completed her Masters degree in Philosophy at Brown. She received her PhD in philosophy from Harvard in 2016, and was a postdoc at MIT from 2016-2017. She is currently the Nancy Schaenen Endowed Visiting Scholar of Ethics at the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University.
At Harvard, MIT, and DePauw, Emily has designed and taught classes in different areas of philosophy. She also taught in women's and gender studies at Boston College. During her time at Harvard, Emily won three awards for excellence in teaching.
Before she entered Harvard's PhD program, Emily received a fellowship through Princeton in Asia, which gave her the opportunity to spend two years living and working in the southern part of Vietnam. There, she worked in rural development, taught ESL, and ate more than her fair share of phở.
In her spare time, Emily likes to cook and loves to dance.