Emily Waters is a policy and research consultant with extensive expertise in state and federal policy related to domestic and sexual violence, carceral systems, and queer and trans communities. Previous organizations she has consulted for include the Transgender Law Center, GLSEN, Center for Urban Pedagogy, IDEO, and the LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence. Her work can be found in The New York Times, HuffPost, and the Advocate.
Emily is also a PhD student in the Social Welfare Department at UCLA, Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on the role of public policy in upholding white supremacy and gender essentialism and the influence of online narratives in driving political behavior. Further, she is interested in the role of the Victims Rights Movement in driving carceral responses to social problems.
She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work where she teaches courses on Program Evaluation in Social Services and Macro and Micro Approaches to Working with LGBTQ communities.