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Emily Vargo

  • Emily Vargo

    Position: Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs

    Department: The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation

    Office: Library 319

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    About Emily Vargo


    • B.A., Pennsylvania State University
    • M.P.A., M.A. ELR, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


    Emily Vargo is the Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs to the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) at Saint Francis University. She manages research efforts such as student research content validity and grant funded research projects for the center, as well as, student programing. The student program events include an annual student colloquium, research fellow recruitment efforts, educational student session on occupational licensing and academic research poster sessions.

    Before coming to Saint Francis University, Ms. Vargo worked for the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a graduate assistant for several departments. Ms. Vargo received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University as well as two Masters Degrees from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Affairs and a Masters of Employment and Labor Relations. 

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    Community Involvement
    • Sorority Advisor – Chapter advisor to the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority at Penn State Altoona

    • Member- American Economic Association

    Honors/ Awards/ Conferences
    • Golden Key International Honour Society

    • Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society

    • Superior Academic Achievement Award from Penn State University

    • North Dakota Occupational Licensing Review and Reform

      • Consultation and research to conduct an overview of the current status of occupational licensing in North Dakota, make reform recommendations and establish a State Licensing Taskforce.  
      • Job Service North Dakota - Workforce Programs 
      • Bismarck, ND