Emily joined the NC Rural Center in July 2019 and serves as its communications manager.
Emily is a native of rural southwestern Virginia, but was transplanted to Charlotte, North Carolina at a young age. Emily traded Charlotte’s humidity for the milder climate of Western North Carolina and moved to Boone to earn her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Appalachian State University.
While at Appalachian, Emily spent her days hiking through the Blue Ridge and developing a deep appreciation for western-style barbecue. Emily also studied abroad in Poland at the University of Gdansk, where she took immersion courses in intercultural communication.
After completing her studies at Appalachian State, Emily went on to earn a master’s degree in communication from North Carolina State University. While earning her master’s, Emily conducted academic and proprietary research in the fields of media effects and organizational communication.
During her time at NC State, Emily taught public speaking as an instructor of record in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was also a teaching assistant for the following courses: communication theory, rhetoric of health and medicine, rhetorical criticism, and interpersonal communication.
When not writing about North Carolina’s rural people and places, Emily enjoys exploring Appalachia, visiting museums and art galleries across the state, tending to her growing collection of houseplants, and listening to true crime podcasts.