Director of CSOR
Dr. Edward Timmons (Professor of Economics and Director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University) is one of the world's leading scholars on the effects of occupational regulation. His research has been published in The Journal of Law and Economics, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, The Journal of Labor Research, Monthly Labor Review, Eastern Economic Journal, and the European Journal of Comparative Economics. He has published several policy pieces for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and has also contributed several op-eds to US News & World Report, USA Today, the Tampa Bay Times, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and Nashville's Tennessean. His research has been cited in other scholarly journals, the popular press, by the White House, and in a Senate hearing on occupational regulation. Dr. Timmons has presented his research across the United States and in the United Kingdom and Italy. He has worked as a visiting research fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri, Italy. Dr. Timmons has been a member of the Saint Francis University faculty since 2008 and serves as coordinator of the Economics major.
VP of Government Affairs & Public Relations of CSOR
Alanna Wilson is the VP of Government Affairs and Public Relations at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) at Saint Francis University. She leads efforts in community outreach, legislative involvement, policymaker networking, grant writing, and manages the center’s communications through various media outlets. Before coming to Saint Francis University, Wilson interned for the US Senate as a Deputy Finance Director and worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a Legislative Aide and Pennsylvania Senate specializing in Constituent Relations. Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Psychology and History from Temple University and a Master of Professional Studies degree in Community and Economic Development from The Pennsylvania State University.
Director of Policy Research and Academic Programs
Emily Vargo is the Director of Policy Research and Academic Programs at 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 programming. 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.
Assistant Research Professor & Research Fellow
Kihwan Bae, PhD is an Assistant Research Professor in the Shields School of Business and a research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at the Saint Francis University. Dr. Bae’s current research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics and consumer finance. He is particularly interested in empirical analysis on economic incentives and public policies relevant to occupational licensing, migration, higher-education financing, and high-cost consumer loans. Dr. Bae teaches classes in business analytics: Data Base Management and Introduction to Business Analytics. Prior to joining the faculty at SFU, Dr. Bae was an economist at the Bank of Korea (BOK). At the BOK, he conducted economic policy research on the East Asia and Pacific region and contributed to publishing the BOK Annual Report and launching new policy research paper series. Dr. Bae received a PhD in economics from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University. During his undergraduate study, he and his colleagues won the National Monetary Policy Competition in South Korea, a student competition similar to the College Fed Challenge.
Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator
Alexis Schumacher is the Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator for the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) at Saint Francis University. Ms. Schumacher assists in coordinating legislative efforts by working with local, state, and federal governments, advocacy groups and citizens to convey legislative goals and track trends in occupational licensing across all 50 states, including Washington, D.C. Ms. Schumacher collaborates with the Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Relations in various outreach strategies, grant management, and community outreach events benefiting CSOR and the Center’s goals. Before joining the team, Ms. Schumacher received a BA in Communications in 2018 from the Pennsylvania State University. After the completion of her BA, Ms. Schumacher worked as a graduate assistant for the Knee Center while she received a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management.
Conor Norris is a research analyst with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) at Saint Francis University. He graduated with an MA in economics from George Mason University in May 2018 where he also held a graduate research fellowship with the Mercatus Center. Conor earned his undergraduate degree from Saint Francis University. At Mercatus, Conor’s research focused primarily on health care scope of practice and occupational licensing, which he looks forward to continuing at the Center.