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Jennifer completed a PhD in Sociology at UC San Diego in 2017.

From 2017-2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow with UC San Diego's Fiscal Democracy Project.

From 2018-2021, she was a fellow with the San Diego Scholars Strategy Network.

Jennifer's research focus is on the social processes behind policy design as well as the effects of policy in local and state contexts. Topically, this research includes how states finance higher education, the predictors of voter-approved tax increases for California's local governments, and local agency efforts to reduce homelessness. This research is done using mixed-method designs, including quantitative analyses of new data sets, surveys, historical research, and interviews.

Currently, Jennifer is a researcher with the Homelessness-HUB at UC San Diego, an affiliate of the Urgent Challenges Collective at University of San Diego, and an occasional lecturer at UC San Diego and University of San Diego.