About Dr. Jen

I am an author, researcher, and interdisciplinary social scientist. I earned my B.A. with honors from the University of Washington, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

My academic research explores how state-society relations shape vulnerability, resilience, and social well-being. I am revising my Ph.D dissertation into a book that will be available later in 2022.

I am also currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Doug Lisle that explores the biological and evolutionary underpinnings of human nature and how such insights can help us better understand the central questions and dilemmas of human life. You can preorder the book and follow our collaborative work at Esteem Dynamics.

I offer individual one-on-one coaching (you can make an appointment in the scheduling sidebar) as well as webinars and e-courses on a variety of topics. I also offer a couple of things exclusive to my Patreon subscribers:

  • Extended and bonus content access for “Howk Blocked,” a mostly-daily podcast with Dr. Doug Lisle about current events and politics from an evolutionary perspective (available otherwise on YouTube and Apple podcasts)
  • Early access to “Hoeing Ain’t Easy,” a periodic podcast on permaculture, gardening, and plant-based homesteading
  • The “Virtual Village,” a weekly group coaching/Q&A Zoom call on a variety of topics
  • “Getting Real,” a weekly women’s support group.

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I’m doing less and less traditional social media these days because it is destroying civilization, but I have social media-like feeds where I share content and news in a few places, particularly Telegram and Odysee. I also send out a newsletter occasionally with various musings and updates if you would like to sign up for free here. 

For FAQ about Esteem Dynamics and scheduling with me, you might find an answer here.