Parrish is pursuing an interdepartmental PhD in American politics and urban planning, with DUSP and MIT’s Department of Political Science. She is interested in climate politics in the United States, particularly the diffusion of policy ideas between units and levels of government. Other interests include state and local political representation, the determinants and influence of public opinion towards environmental and social issues, and the role of institutional structures in mediating the influence of organized publics, advocacy groups, and business in the policymaking process. Prior to coming to DUSP, Parrish earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia and dual Masters degrees in environmental policy and urban planning from the University of Michigan. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras; worked on consumer protection policy projects for the Federal Trade Commission; worked for the City of Ann Arbor, MI’s pedestrian and bike transportation program; and contributed to urban sustainability and resilience research for Resources for the Future and the National Association of Development Organizations.