Emily Wager

Before joining Purple, Emily was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of Houston. Her research has examined the factors that shape American public opinion, including a Cambridge University Press book on factual misperceptions in the U.S. Much of her research and teaching also has been centered at the intersection of race and inequality. She brings a wide range of skill sets, including knowledge of survey and experimental design, data analytics, and the facilitation of in-depth interviews and focus groups.  She received her PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with concentrations in U.S. politics and quantitative methods.

“It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.”

“When I did fieldwork for my dissertation research while in graduate school, I traveled alone throughout the U.S. interviewing average citizens about their political and social views. I had to learn how to approach strangers, how to speak in a way that resonated with them, and how to ask tough questions.”

 “In academia, research moves at a bit of a slower pace. It can take years for a project to be published. At Purple, clients’ challenges require researchers to think on their feet to help develop insightful strategies that are almost always time sensitive.”