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 research explores persistent socioeconomic inequality and underdevelopment, and offers a new approach to enduring questions of vulnerability, resilience, and social well-being.

I am currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Doug Lisle (to be published in 2021) 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.

I’m doing less and less social media these days but I do still post a lot of photos of my dogs and sometimes tasty vegan food on Instagram. I also send out a newsletter a couple of times a month with various musings and updates if you would like to sign up here.