Emily Hunt is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology here at Baylor University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education at Taylor University in 2008. She received a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor in 2009 and a Masters degree in Sociology in 2013. Prior to coming to Baylor, Emily served as the director of the Cortina program at Creighton University, a service oriented living-learning community of students. Throughout her time as a student and administrator, Emily has served in a variety of capacities as a scholar-practitioner. Not only is she an accomplished and passionate instructor for the introductory sociology course at Baylor, but also she has been able to thrive as a researcher and administrator in her career this far. Her master’s thesis at Baylor focused on the influence of faculty on the political culture of religious institutions and was recently published in the Journal of College and Character.
Most recently, she has served as a senior research analyst at the Center for Community Research and Development at Baylor where she has managed research projects related to public health, crime, and education in the McLennan County community. Additionally, Emily is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia where she has been working on the research program on culture and formation. Her work on the moral ecology of schools inspired a recent co-authored book chapter in the forthcoming Christian Faith and University Life: Stewards of the Academy.
Emily’s primary research focuses on the effect moral ecology has on educational outcomes. She has explored this topic throughout her professional and student career through research articles and book chapters, but also through the development tools to assess moral cultures. Emily’s dissertation examines how the moral life of teens affects their academic achievement using data from the National Survey on Character and Citizenship. She plans to defend her dissertation and graduate in 2018.