Emily J. Wornell is a research assistant professor in the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University, working with the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for State Policy and the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). Her research interests lie at the intersection of policy and research, including inequality and population change in rural communities.
Wornell regularly presents her research and findings at national conferences, including the Population Association of America, the American Sociological Association, and the Rural Sociological Society. She has presented her research internationally, including southeast Asia, Europe, and Canada. Her research has been supported by grants from the Rural Sociological Society, the International Social Science Council, and the Pennsylvania State University College of Agriculture.
Wornell earned a doctorate in rural sociology and demography from The Pennsylvania State University and holds certificates in survey methodology and teaching. She earned a masters of public policy (MPP) degree from Oregon State University.
Locally, Wornell is a board member for Muncie OUTreach and a member of Reconciliation Achieved through Community Engagement (RACE) in Muncie.