Graduating from George Washington University in December 2017 with a BA in International Affairs, Emily focused her studies on the Middle East region. She previously worked at the Wilson Center as a Research Assistant to New Yorker journalist Robin Wright, supporting her publications on Iran. Emily speaks Farsi and has studied abroad in India and Tajikistan. She wrote her senior thesis on the history of deteriorating relations between Iran and Israel. Emily joined Blue Heron in 2018.