Emma Carpenter

MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016; BA, University of Colorado, 2011


School of Social Work Building 126

Emma Carpenter’s research resides at the nexus of social work and family planning. Her research examines the role of policy in promoting family planning and reproductive health and dignity, both broadly and specifically for the LGBT community.

Emma’s dissertation research aims to understand pregnancy, including unintended pregnancy, in the context of queer women’s lives and understand how social and health services can be responsive to queer women’s family planning needs. Her dissertation project received funding from the Society of Family Planning Research Fund through their Emerging Scholars in Family Planning mechanism.

As a doctoral student, Emma has worked on a diverse range of projects. Most recently, she served as the project director on a three-city qualitative study investigating contraceptive use among queer women. She is currently a research assistant with the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE).

In addition to her research, Emma is currently the doctoral student representative on the board of directors for the Society for Social Work and Research and chair of their Doctoral Student Committee. She also serves on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.

Dissertation: Queering Pregnancy: Exploring the role of queer identity in pregnancy plans and desires

Anticipated graduation: 2020