Emerald is the inaugural Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University, which serves as a hub for research, advocacy and leadership development. The Center promotes gender equity to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in California and throughout the nation.

Prior to joining Mount Saint Mary’s, Emerald served as the Associate Dean of the College of Liberals Arts and as a faculty member in the politics and history department at Woodbury University. She has dedicated her research to gender equity, stereotype threat, and women’s representation in non-traditional sectors.

Emerald has published nine peer-reviewed articles in national journals and has a forthcoming book in August, 2017 being published by Bloomsbury which explores women’s history in the United States military titled Women, Warfare and Representation: American Servicewomen in the Twentieth Century. In addition to being a seasoned and engaging presenter and keynote speaker, she is also a contributing expert to media outlets like NPR and

Emerald has been the recipient of numerous fellowships including the Faculty Development Award and Senior Fellows Award from Woodbury University, the Silberman Follow-Up Fellowship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and a Carnegie Corporation of New York Fellowship. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sub-specialties: Women and minorities in the military

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