Cassandra Emmons is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics, studying international relations, international and comparative constitutional law, and qualitative methods. Broadly, her research focuses on the design and function of international organizations. 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 defend democracy in their member states post-accession.

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 a Graduate Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and the European Union Program at Princeton. 

Emmons holds an 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).