Emma Waters

Emma Waters

Research Associate, Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender
  • Life
  • Marriage and Family

Emma is a Research Associate in the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family at The Heritage Foundation.

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Emma Waters is a Research Associate for the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion and Family at The Heritage Foundation. Her work focuses on marriage and family, the life issue, and assisted reproductive technology policy. 

Emma is also a Visiting Fellow with Independent Women’s Forum where she writes on issues related to culture, sex and gender, and the family. Prior to this, she worked as the Coalitions Manager of American Moment and periodically cohosted their podcast, Moment of Truth. Previously, she worked as a Research Intern with the Institute for Family Studies and a Research Consultant for the Realignment Podcast. In 2021, she won the American Enterprise Institutes’ Young Scholars Award where she wrote and published an in-depth paper on child support policy in the state of Tennessee, including qualitative interviews with 25 nonresident fathers. 

Her work may be found in the Federalist, The American Conservative, The American Mind, the Institute for Family Studies, The Daily Signal, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, and more. She graduated Valedictorian of Lee University with a double major in Political Science and Biblical & Theological Studies. 

Emma lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their daughter. You can find her on Twitter @emlwaters.