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. Prior to working at MEF Associates, Emmi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Reed College.
Emmi's doctoral work focuses on policies that affect incarceration and reentry in the United States, such as criminal justice, poverty, and racial inequality. Her dissertation concentrates on how individuals cycle through prison multiple times with a particular focus on variation in trends across states. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Emmi earned a Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods from the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington
Harris, A., Smith, T., Obara, E. (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.
Farrell, M., Smith, J., Reardon, L., Obara, E. (2016). Framing the Message: Using Behaviorial Economics to Engage TANF Recipients. OPRE Report 2016-02. 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
2019 APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship