Emma Dreher

Political Science / Ph.D. Student

Emma Dreher

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Emma is a graduate of the Balsillie School of International Affairs where she earned her Master’s in International Public Policy. Prior to joining the Balsillie School, she earned her B.A. in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.


As a master’s student Emma conducted research as a Graduate Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on the policy considerations associated with the emergence of contemporary populist movements. In 2017 she briefed the Foresight Division of Global Affairs Canada on this research, presenting key political insights and policy recommendations to senior policymakers. Beyond this work with CIGI, she has also conducted research in both university and NGO settings.

Emma’s current research interests center on the politics of U.S. policymaking and the policy implications of (new) media polarization within contemporary politics