Emily Ekins is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and the polling director at Reason Foundation, where she leads the Reason-Rupe public opinion research project. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, including public opinion, the Tea Party movement, survey methodology, and political economy. In particular, Ekins studies how individuals’ expectations of their own economic future shape their political behavior and attitudes toward government. She has discussed her research on Fox News and Fox Business, and her research has appeared in the Washington Post, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times.

Emily is working on her PhD thesis in political science at the University of California–Los Angeles.