Dr. Emma Humphries joined iCivics as Chief Education Officer in February 2016.
Emma began her career in education as a classroom teacher in north Florida where she taught all levels of American government, American history, and economics. It was there she first learned the power of innovative learning tools, oftentimes digital, that allow students to engage with important content and make meaning of otherwise dry concepts such as federalism and limited government.
In 2008, she began a Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Florida where she focused her studies and research on civic education and teacher professional development until she graduated in 2012. As luck would have it, Justice O’Connor visited the Florida legislature during this time, inspiring them to pass the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act in 2010, which mandated civics instruction at the middle school level. This timely development provided Emma with opportunities to partner with the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship in drafting a yearlong 7th grade civics curriculum and assisting in subsequent teacher training efforts.
In 2011, Emma joined the team at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service as its Civic Engagement Coordinator. In this role, she worked with center and campus leadership to promote civic engagement at the University of Florida by developing, implementing, and coordinating innovative programs for students. During her tenure, she also created and taught an award-winning, online citizenship course entitled "Rethinking Citizenship: Identity, Collaboration, and Action."
Emma has degrees in political science and education and was awarded a James Madison Fellowship in 2004. She was a founding member of the iCivics Teacher Council (now Educator Network), and has been spreading the good word about iCivics since 2010.
Emma lives on Saint Simons Island, GA with her husband, Michael, and their daughters, June and Julia. When she’s not reading the Federalist Papers or tormenting the rest of the iCivics team with weather reports, she enjoys jogging away her worries and attending music festivals with her husband and friends. Follow her on Twitter @GatorCitizen.