My name is Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, PhD. I began my career as a journalist. I received my first assignment from the Chicago Tribune shortly after my twenty-fourth birthday. In the following decade, I wrote more than 800 stories for the esteemed paper.  My work has also run in the New York Times, LA Times, and the country's biggest newspapers.

A desire to deepen my historical research skills led me to pursue a master's from DePaul University in communication (media, culture & society) where my master's thesis analyzed reality home buying shows with regard to the history of home ownership in the U.S.   I matriculated to University of Illinois-Chicago as a funded doctoral student in the communication department where I studied credit card advertising and the history of credit in the U.S. 

Upon graduation, I became the third generation in my family to receive a doctorate from University of Illinois-Chicago. The above bookstore receipt was my grandfather's fall semester 1941 receipt.  After Pearl Harbor, he promptly left school and joined the army, stationed with the Medical Corps in the South Pacific. He was the first Le Beau to receive his doctorate at UIC. I am the  the fourth.