B.A. in Sociology, Reed College, 2012

Emmi Obara started her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2015. Prior to joining the program, Emmi worked for three years at MEF Associates, a social policy research firm with an office in Seattle. She conducted research on employment and training, reentry, asset building, child support, welfare, adult education, and youth violence prevention.

Emmi is interested in social policy with a focus on policies that affect incarceration and reentry, such as criminal justice, poverty, racial inequality, safety net, and employment policies. 

Race and Inequality
Social Welfare Policy
Criminal Justice
Dissertation title: 
The "Revolving Door" of Prison: Three Studies on Repeated Returns to Prison in the United States
Recent Publications: 

Harris, A., Smith, T., Obara, E. (Forthcoming 2019). Justice “Cost Points”: An Examination of Privatization Within Public Systems of Justice. Criminology and Public Policy.

Romich, J., Allard, S., Althauser, A., Buszkiewicz, J., Obara, E. (2018). Employer Responses to a City-level Minimum Wage Mandate: Early Evidence from Seattle. Urban Affairs Review.

Glosser, A., Cullinan, D., Obara, E. (2016). Simplify, Notify, Modify: Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Incarcerated Parents’ Requests for Child Support Modifications. OPRE Report 2016-43. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Admin. for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Plotnick, R., Glosser, A., Moore, M.K., Obara, E. (2015). Increasing Child Support Collections from the Hard-to-Collect: Experimental Evidence from Washington State. Social Service Review, Vol. 89, No. 3, pp. 427-454.

Glosser, A. & Obara, E. (2015). Evaluation of Career Bridge: Final Report. MEF Associates: prepared for the City of Seattle, Office of City Auditor.

Glosser, A., Obara, E., Dyke, A., Harris, A. & Kim, E. (2014). Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – Evaluability Assessment: Final Report. MEF Associates: prepared for the City of Seattle – Office of City Auditor. 

Glosser, A. & Obara, E. (2014). Building Assets for Fathers and Families – Washington State: Final Report. MEF Associates: prepared for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Support.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Dissertation Committee Members: 
Scott W. Allard (chair)
Heather D. Hill
Karin Martin
Alexes Harris (Sociology)