Emily Medley is pursuing her PhD in sociology at The University of Tennessee. Her research concentrations are political economy and environmental sociology. She holds a Master’s degree in political science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she researched the effects of democratization on academic institutions
Her dissertation focuses on socioeconomic tensions in Cuba that result from growing entrepreneurial activity within the evolving Cuban economy. She wishes to compare this to the emergence of social entrepreneurship within global-capitalist contexts. Her research approach is informed by social theory, entrepreneurship theory, and ethnographic methods that allow a convergence of perspectives and complexity of meanings, relative to historical and geopolitical contexts.