Emily Groene is a PhD student in Epidemiology, with an interest in Social and Behavioral Epidemiology. She also works as a Research Assistant at the Minnesota Population Center. In her most recent job prior to attending the University of Minnesota, Emily worked in global humanitarian assistance and international development at Catholic Relief Services, International Rescue Committee and American Refugee Committee. She has extended field work experience in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan, as well as shorter field assignments in Liberia, Jordan, Rwanda, and Uganda. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria in secondary education. She has a M.A. in International Political Economy from Fordham University and a B.A. in American Studies from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.