Emma Findlen LeBlanc is a senior researcher at the ACLU of Maine. She joined the organization in January 2017.
Her work for the ACLU has primarily focused on criminal justice reform and fighting racial discrimination in schools.
Prior to moving to Maine, Emma spent two years researching marginalized Acadian forest workers in New Brunswick, Canada. Her previous research, on democracy and Islamic law in rebel-controlled Syria, won awards from the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, the Association of Middle East Anthropology, and the University of Oxford.
She earned her doctorate in Anthropology at University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholar. She also has a BA in Sociology from Brown University, an MFA in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University, and an MPhil in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Oxford.
Emma has taught classes on law, gender, and Islam as an adjunct professor at Deep Springs College and Southern New Hampshire University. Previously, she worked as a journalist in the Middle East.