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Jennifer Mueller

Jennifer Mueller

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Assistant Director Intergroup Relations Program (IGR)

Office: 226 Tisch Learning Center
Phone: (518) 580-5441
Email: jmueller@skidmore.edu



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."


Race and Ethnicity, Social Inequality and Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Methods, Teaching Pedagogy