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Emily Parrott was a PhD candidate in Human Ecology in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Human Ecology and her bachelor’s from Harvard College in Sociology.

Her research focused on two main themes. First, she studied first-generation college graduates in an effort to understand how college shapes the lives of individuals and their families. Her dissertation advisor was Sarah Halpern-Meekin. Along this line of inquiry, she also collaborated on research with the Arizona Life Success Study and the Peer Relations Study Group. Second, she was committed to building connections between research and policy through a study of legislators’ research use, with Karen Bogenschneider. She also created translational documents for policymakers and the public. To that end, she has worked as a Project Assistant for the Family Impact Institute and Project Assistant at the Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) initiative.