Caitlin Rooney is a research associate for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Rooney joins American Progress after receiving a bachelor’s degree in legal and political rhetoric with a minor in politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She wrote her senior honors thesis on international advocacy for LGBT rights and presented it at the Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference. While in college, Rooney participated in the Prison Research Group and the Prison Debate Project, and helped to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state through her work with Washington United for Marriage. She also interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and for Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D), the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania legislature. Prior to joining American Progress, Rooney volunteered for the Pennsylvania Prison Society as a lobbyist assistant.