Emily Alvarez is a senior research scientist in the Public Affairs and Media Research department at NORC. Alvarez has more than a decade of experience in survey research design and analysis on a broad range of topics including social identity, environmental and energy policy, the COVID-19 pandemic, parenting and education, trust in government, and elections. She has a particular interest in distilling complex research findings for dissemination to stakeholders, journalists, and the broader public. Alvarez also serves as a member of NORC's Institutional Review Board.
Alvarez currently serves as the project manager and survey operations lead for the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (FHWAR), the definitive source of data on participation and expenditures associated with fishing, hunting, and other wildlife-related recreation in the United States. She is also the survey operations lead for AP VoteCast, a modern, more accurate approach to election polling developed by the Associated Press and NORC.
Alvarez has also managed dozens of projects for The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, including the MTV/AP-NORC Youth Political Pulse, a series of polls of young people on their attitudes toward politics leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, and the Working Longer program, a series of studies on older Americans' experiences preparing for retirement after the Great Recession. She holds a master's in Political Science from Northwestern University.