Emily Mooney is a resident policy fellow and manager for the R Street Institute’s Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties team. As a fellow, Mooney primarily conducts policy research, writing and educational outreach on topics regarding juvenile justice, corrections, reentry and policing. As a manager, she supports the policy director by serving as the team’s internal liaison with other departments, contributing to fundraising activities and completing various administrative functions.
Her work has been published in outlets such as National Review, The Dallas Morning News, National Affairs, Federalist Society Review, Newsday, The American Conservative and The Baltimore Sun. In addition, Mooney has testified on criminal justice issues before the Maryland state legislature and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has appeared on radio shows and local Fox News stations.
Prior to joining R Street, Mooney conducted policy research and analysis on the impact of maternal incarceration for the National Criminal Justice Association and the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement as part of her graduate program. She also provided research support for Prison Fellowship’s juvenile justice advocacy efforts and interned for The Heritage Foundation’s policy services and outreach team. Mooney earned a bachelor of arts in foreign affairs, with distinction, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Virginia. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.