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Emily Handsman is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. A trained sociologist, she uses theories of organizations, inequality, politics, and culture to answer questions about how school districts conceptualize and respond to inequality. Her current research uses qualitative methods to analyze how suburban school districts construct and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Emily holds a Ph.D. in sociology, with a certificate in education sciences, from Northwestern University, and a BA in English from Barnard College. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught 3rd and 4th graders in Detroit, and worked as a curriculum writer.