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.
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.
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.
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.
Legislative Research Analyst
Ethan Bayne is a Research Analyst with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) at Saint Francis University. Ethan graduated with an Masters of Arts in Public Policy from the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University in May 2016. At Duquesne, his coursework focused on the social determinants of health and how social and economic policies influence overall health outcomes. Ethan earned his undergraduate degree from Thiel College where he majored in Political Science and Psychology.