Emilyn Ruble Whitesell is a 4th-year doctoral student at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is a fellow at NYU's Institute for Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program. Emilyn works at the Institute for Education and Social Policy, concentrating primarily on education policy research and evaluation. She is particularly interested in how school district and state policies affect schools and stakeholders. Before coming to NYU, Emilyn taught high school English as a Teach For America corps member in Indianapolis. She holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Marian University and a B.S. in business from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.