Cassandra Emmons is a Lecturer and Postgraduate Research Associate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Her research emphasis is the design and function of international organizations. Her current book project, based on her dissertation, explores how legacies of democratic transitions and transgressions shape a regional international organization's toolkit for democracy enforcement, and questions when and how these organizations can effectively use these toolkits to deter democrtic backsliding in their member states. Her broad research interests include international organizations, international and comparative constitutional law, and qualitative and mixed research methods.
Emmons's research has been supported by the Princeton University Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars (AY 2018-2019), the Princeton Center for International Security Studies (CISS) (AY 2018-19), the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. At Princeton, she is also a Graduate Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and the European Union Program.
Emmons earned her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in January 2020. She also holds a M.A. in Politics from Princeton University (2016), and a B.A., magna cum laude, with honors in both Political Science and English from Temple University in Philadelphia (2014).