Jennifer L. Jennings

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
Director of the Education Research Section (ERS)
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Jennifer Jennings (Princeton ’00) is a professor of sociology and a Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Associate at Princeton University. She studies the effects of accountability systems on race, gender, and socioeconomic inequality, teacher and school effects on cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes, the effect of non-cognitive skills on academic achievement and attainment, school choice, and gender gaps in educational outcomes. Her research appears in the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, and Social Science Research, among others. She is currently writing a book, Why Schools Matter: The Impact of Schools on Children’s Life Chances, co-authored with David Deming and Christopher Jencks. She has recently launched (with collaborators Sarah Cohodes, Sean Corcoran, and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj), a new randomized intervention study funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, which will investigate the impact of providing NYC middle-school students with informational resources and supports to help them make informed high school choices. Jennings was previously associate professor of sociology at NYU, where in 2015 she was honored with a Golden Dozen Undergraduate Teaching Award. Prof. Jennings served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19.