As the Manager of Research and Evaluation, Lucy oversees the design, planning, and implementation of original public opinion, media, and social media research across our issues areas. In her role, Lucy works to identify new methodologies, content sources, and analytical techniques for tracking both news and entertainment media discourse, and public sentiment overtime. Working closely with our partners in the field, she also works to synthesize existing research, and identify gaps in the literature and field research needs. In her capacity as an evaluator, Lucy works closely with our Acting Director of Research and Evaluation to implement and maintain our organizational evaluation and tracking protocols.
Before joining the Opportunity Agenda, her work focused on digital activism, specifically the use of new media and communication technologies within marginalized communities. As part of her doctoral dissertation, Lucy examined new media technology use among domestic workers in New York City, and with funding from the Social Science Research Council, conducted a preliminary study which evaluated the digital communication strategies of Domestic Workers United, a non-profit serving the needs to domestic workers around the U.S. In undertaking this work, Lucy aimed to bridge the gap between theory and practice by focusing on the strategies low-wage workers have adopted to offset the structural barriers they face.
Lucy holds a M.A. from New York University in Africana Studies with a concentration in Global Journalism, and a B.A. in English from Queen Mary, University of London. She is currently completing her PhD in Communications at American University (Washington, DC).