Jennifer Jennings

Director, the Education Research Section
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
149 Wallace Hall

Ph.D. Sociology
Columbia University, 2009


Jennifer Jennings is the Director of the Education Research Section and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs.  Her research interests are racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in educational and health outcomes. A Princeton alumna, earned a B.A. cum laude from the The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and a certificate in Program in Teacher Preparation-NJ Social Studies Certification, a Masters of Philosophy in Education from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University with distinction.

She is a newly elected member of the Sociological Research Association. A member of the American Sociological Association and an editorial board member for the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and the American Educational Research Journal. A reviewer for: Advances in Life Course Research; American Educational Research Journal; American Journal of Sociology; American Sociological Review; Early Childhood Research Quarterly; Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; Education Finance and Policy; Education Policy Analysis Archives; Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice; Educational Policy; Educational Researcher; Journal of Early Adolescence; Journal of Health and Social Behavior; Journal of Human Resources; Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; National Science Foundation; Sociological Forum; The Sociological Quarterly; Sociology of Education; Social Problems; Social Science and Medicine; Social Science Quarterly; Social Science Research; Socio-Economic Review; Spencer Foundation; Teachers College Press; W.T. Grant Foundation

Selected Publications

Nick, M., & Jennings, J. L. (Forthcoming). Collaboration and competition in New Orleans charter management organizations.

van de Werfhorst, H., & Jennings, J. L. (Forthcoming). School inspectorates, standardized tests, and socioeconomic inequality in educational attainment.

Weixler, L.,B., Barrett, N., Harris, D., & Jennings, J. L. (Forthcoming). Examining the distribution of students when choice is the primary means of enrollment: The case of New Orleans. American Education Research Journal,

Sattin, B., & Jennings, J. L. School counselors’ assessment of the legitimacy of high school choice policy. Educational Policy.2020,34(1), 21

Kim, M., King, M. D., & Jennings, J. (2019). ADHD remission, inclusive special education, and socioeconomic disparities. SSM - Population Health, 8, 100420

Sean P. Corcoran, Jennifer L. Jennings. (2019). Information and school choice. In Mark Berends, Ann Primus, Matthew G. Springer (Ed.), Handbook of research on school choice (2nd ed., pp. Ch. 26) Routledge.
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