Emily is a political theorist whose work focuses on the scope of state authority and the claims made on its behalf, and considers questions of individual freedom, self-governance, and justice. issues in democratic theory, political ethics, political authority, and legitimacy. She received her BA in political science and Asian studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and her MA and PhD in political science from UCLA. Her recently completed dissertation, Between Anarchy and Leviathan: A Return to Voluntarist Political Obligation, uses the question of political obligation, a traditional element of liberal theory, to investigate problems in democratic theory, the history of modern political thought, and law. Emily has taught courses on the history of political thought, citizenship and public service, and American and Chinese politics. At LMU, she will be teaching Foundations of Political Thought.