Emily Ekins is the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she leads the Reason-Rupe public opinion research project, launched in 2011. Emily is working on her PhD thesis in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, including public opinion, the Tea Party movement, survey methodology, and political economy. In particular, Emily studies how individuals' expectations of their own economic future shape their political behavior and attitudes toward government. Emily's professional experience includes quantitative analyses of the Tea Party movement for the Cato Institute, and survey analyses and case writing for Dr. Peter Tufano at the Harvard Business School.
She has discussed her research on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and her research has appeared in The Washington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times.
Emily works out of Reason's Washington, D.C., office.