Rosemary Avery received her BS from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, her Honors in Science degree from the University of Pretoria, and her MS and Ph.D. degrees in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University. She joined the Cornell University faculty in 1988, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the department of Policy Analysis and Management in 1994, and to the rank of professor in 2000.  She currently serves as department chair in human ecology.  Her research has focused on child welfare policy as it relates to the impact of public policy on the experience of children in the foster care system.