Professor Emmerson received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Roman archaeology. She studies cities, and is especially interested in "marginal" areas and activities, like waste management and the treatment of the dead. Her first book, Life and Death in the Roman Suburb, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. Other ongoing projects involve publishing the results of fieldwork in Pompeii, Italy and Isthmia, Greece. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR '19) and of the American Council of Learned Societies (F'18).