Emma has been in a classroom her whole life; when she was an infant, her father used to prop her carseat on his desk while he taught, and she fell asleep at night to early drafts of his dissertation. She graduated from Brown University with a BA in Sociology. She earned her MFA in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University while she was living in Syria, working as a journalist for publications including GQ, Slate, Le Monde, and the New York Times. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study anthropology at Oxford, where her MPhil thesis about shari’a courts in rebel-controlled Syria won awards from the Association of Middle East Anthropology, the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, and Keble College. Following her interests in law, democracy, and rebellion all the way to eastern Canada, she wrote her DPhil dissertation about how forest workers resist exploitation and create alternative communities of value. Since completing her doctorate in 2018, Emma has been working as a civil rights researcher for the ACLU and making documentary films as a New America Fellow. She will begin as a student at Yale Law School in the fall of 2021.
Emma’s first teaching experience was in a crowded, rural, Ghanian middle school when she was 17. Since then she has tutored students in social psychology, literature, Arabic language, and essay writing, and she has taught Middle East anthropology and creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University for the past seven years. She was also a visiting professor at Deep Springs College where she taught a course on legal anthropology. She is particularly passionate about powerful, clear, effective writing, and she loves helping students find their voices.
Outside of the classroom, Emma can be found running, dancing ballet, surfing, or hiking with her enormous, goofy Malamute.