Assistant Professor of Sociology
Assistant Director Intergroup Relations Program (IGR)
Office: 226 Tisch Learning Center
Phone: (518) 580-5441
- B.S., M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Jennifer Mueller is an assistant professor of sociology and Assistant Director of
the Intergroup Relations Program at Skidmore College. Jennifer received her Ph.D.
in sociology from Texas A&M University in 2013. Her expertise centers in racial and
ethnic relations, social inequality and intersectionality, popular and media culture,
and teaching and social justice pedagogy. Her specific research agenda focuses on
social reproduction of systemic racial inequality over two lines of inquiry. One,
primary line examines racial differences in the intergenerational transmission of
wealth and capital among families. The second centers on the relationship between
culture and social reproduction, in terms of both everyday cultural practices and
ways of knowing, as well as aspects of material culture (e.g., film, music). She has
a third, complementary line addressing critical teaching pedagogy.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Jennifer completed a B.S. in psychology and M.S. in counseling from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), moving onto professional positions with the university as an academic advisor for the College of Business and later, Assistant Director in UIUC’s Office of Minority Student Affairs. During her time in that position Jennifer served as an intergroup dialogue facilitator for UIUC’s Program on Intergroup Relations, facilitating and developing numerous inter- and intragroup dialogue courses for the program.
Jennifer has received a number of honors for teaching, scholarship and service, including a 2012 Texas A&M University Dissertation Fellowship and the highly competitive 2009 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship for "excellence in scholarly research and teaching and exemplifying the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense."
RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
Race and Ethnicity, Social Inequality and Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory,
Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Methods, Teaching Pedagogy
- Sociological Perspectives (SO 101)
- Social Issues (SO 201)
- Race, Class and Gender (SO 204)
- Race and Power (SO 219C)
- Social Research Methods (SO 227)
- Racial Identities: Theory and Praxis (SO 361)
- Practicum in Facilitating (IG 364)
- Mueller, Jennifer C. and Joe Feagin. Forthcoming. “Pulling Back the ‘Post-Racial’ Curtain: Critical Pedagogical Lessons from Both Sides of the Desk.” Pp. 11-24 in Teaching Race and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America, edited by K. Haltinner. New York: Springer.
- Mueller, Jennifer C. 2013. “Tracing Family, Teaching Race: Critical Race Pedagogy in the Millennial Sociology Classroom.” Teaching Sociology 41: 172-187.
- Feagin, Joe, Sean Elias and Jennifer C. Mueller. 2009. “Social Justice and Critical Public Sociology.” Pp. 71-88 in Handbook of Public Sociology: Toward a Holistic Sociology, edited by V. Jeffries. Landham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Mueller, Jennifer C., Danielle Dirks and Leslie Houts Picca. 2007. “Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming
and Engagement of the Racial Other.” Qualitative Sociology 30: 315-335.
- Reprinted in Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape (2011 Wadsworth, 3rd edition), edited by E. Higginbothom and M. Anderson.
- Abridged reprint as methodological exemplar in How It’s Done: An Invitation to Social Research (2011 Wadsworth, 4th edition), E. S. Adler and R. Clark.
- Profile in “Discoveries: New and Noteworthy Social Research,” Contexts 7(2): 8 (Spring 2008).
- Dirks, Danielle and Jennifer C. Mueller. 2007. “Racism and Popular Culture.” Pp. 115-129 in Handbook of the Sociology of
Racial and Ethnic Relations, edited by H. Vera and J. Feagin. New York: Springer.
- Reprinted in Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity (2012 McGraw-Hill, 5th edition), edited by C. Gallagher.
SELECTED HONORS & APPOINTMENTS
- Dissertation Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2012
- Heroes of Peace Honoree: Race and Ethnicity Research Team under Dr. Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University Soka Gakkai, 2012
- U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2009
- College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Research Award, Texas A&M University, 2008
- Race & Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) Research Grant Recipient, Texas A&M University, 2007 & 2008
- Texas A&M University Regents Graduate Fellowship, 2005
- University of Florida Alumni Fellowship, 2003
- List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois, 2001-2003