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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 primary expertise is in racial
and ethnic relations, with emphases in intersections of race/class/gender/sexuality,
popular and media culture and teaching and social justice pedagogy. Her specific research
agenda focuses on social reproduction of systemic racial inequality over two distinct
lines—one that analyzes racial differences in the intergenerational transmission of
wealth and capital among families, and a second examining everyday, cultural enactments.
She has a third, complementary line addressing teaching pedagogy. Among other outlets,
her work has been published across these lines in Qualitative Sociology, Teaching Sociology, the Handbook of Public Sociology, Handbook of the Sociology of Race Relations, as well as being reprinted in several widely used textbooks.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Jennifer completed a B.S. in psychology and M.S. in counseling from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 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."
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