Emily Baxter is the Special Assistant for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress. In the fall of 2012, Emily worked as a field organizer for President Obama’s re-election campaign near her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. Directly prior to her campaign work, Emily earned a master’s of science in gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she won the inaugural Betty Scharf Prize for Best Dissertation in Gender and Religion. In 2011 she graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a focus on women’s and gender studies. Dartmouth also awarded her a Reynolds Scholarship for Graduate Study at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As both a graduate and undergraduate student, Emily’s research and academic interests have included the importance of cross-disciplinary analysis in understanding the intersection of gender, religion, and politics, as well as the lives of women religious leaders, particularly American Catholic nuns.