Community-Engaged Researcher

Jennifer has experience with conducting community-engaged research including program evaluations, and policy informing investigations. As a former Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for Urban Research and Learning, she collaborated on a number of policy relevant projects and publications including but not limited to: community organizing, affordable housing, felony deferred prosecution, youth re-entry, and school responses to student survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Currently at the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab (PIRL) at Johns Hopkins University, Jennifer is collaboratively studying how residents and other stakeholders in Baltimore City experience, drive, and contest neighborhood change. She is also studying how landlords shape the access of lower-income renters into areas of higher opportunity. 

Sociology in Action

“Hear Us, See Us!”


“'Hear Us, See Us!': How Mothers of Color Transform Family and Community Relationships through Grassroots Collective Action” 

Dissertation of the Year Award,  The Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago, 2018-2019

  • This study documents the local grassroots organizing of motherleaders affiliated with Community Organizing and Family Issues, a Chicago-based organization that engages parents through a distinctive "Family-focused" model of organizing. The case study of COFI and the parent-led group, Parents Organized to Win Educate and Renew Policy Action Council (POWER-PAC) highlight the work of women of color whose local collective action is often erased from studies of national social movements, whose intersecting gender, race, class, and immigrant identities are seldom supported by traditional models of contestation that ignore or devalue their family lives and contexts, and whose collective action produces intimate social effects that are erroneously deemed peripheral instead of integral to their mobilization. 

Research featured on COFI's website