Mallory is an assistant professor of public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research and teaching explore how public policies are produced by, and critically how they reproduce, socioeconomic and political inequality in the United States.
Motivated by events surrounding the 2008 financial crisis, Mallory's first book, Democracy Declined: The Failed Politics of Consumer Financial Protection, explores the political response—by policymakers, public interest groups, and ordinary Americans—to one of the most consequential economic policy issues in the United States: consumer financial protection. Her current work investigates the politics of access to civil justice for marginalized communities.
Mallory holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. with honors from Smith College. She has worked in both electoral politics and consumer advocacy.