Cassandra Emmons, IFES Democracy Data Analyst

Dr. Cassandra Emmons

Global Democracy Data Advisor
Center for Applied Research & Learning
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Dr. Cassandra Emmons is the Global Democracy Data Advisor at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in the Center for Applied Research and Learning. She founded and now leads IFES’ Data Analytics and Visualization Team, through which she is responsible for ensuring evidence-based approaches in all IFES programming and advancing IFES’ data analytics strategy. She also manages ElectionGuide, the most comprehensive and timely online resource for election dates and deadlines around the world, which is one of IFES’s longest-standing data resources. 

Dr. Emmons’s substantive research focuses on identifying and developing effective deterrents of democratic erosion and interventions to counter autocratization. She contributes to IFES thought leadership regarding emerging trends that either supports democratic practices or counters democratic backsliding as part of the Democratic Resilience Lab. She also takes a leading role in building academic and institutional partnerships as well as executing the IFES Learning Agenda. 

Her work has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, PS: Political Science & Politics, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, AJIL Unbound, and Verfassungsblog. She has also authored and co-authored several book chapters.

Dr. Emmons earned her PhD in Politics from Princeton University, an MA in Politics from Princeton University, and a BA in Political Science and English from Temple University in Philadelphia.