Dissertation Title:   Spatial Dimensions of Stratification: Neighborhood Change, Urban Inequality, and the Neighborhood-School Link in the U.S.

Using quantitative and spatial methods, her dissertation examines the relationship between neighborhoods and schools in terms of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic composition, effects on student outcomes, and how changes in both contexts contribute to inequality, with a particular focus on the neighborhood-school link in the context of urban and neighborhood change. Her work also examines how urban and educational policies influence the relationship between neighborhoods and schools, and whether they alleviate or exacerbate inequalities.

Jennifer’s work is guided more generally by understanding connections between people and places, with a broad research agenda that investigates the demographic processes and mechanisms of neighborhood change, spatial and temporal dimensions of urban inequality, changing neighborhood dynamics over time, effect heterogeneity in neighborhood and school research, residential and school sorting of households with and without children, and connections between individual processes and macro-level trends.

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