Jen Jennings '00

Jenn Jennings

Jennifer Jennings, '00, is the Director of the Education Research Section (ERS) and a Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in the summer of 2017, Dr. Jennings was an Associate Professor at New York University, where she had taught since 2011. Dr. Jennings was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, and earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. Her research attempts to understand the effects of a variety of educational policies - for example, accountability policies, teacher evaluation systems, and school choice policies - on racial, socioeconomic, and gender inequality in educational outcomes. In addition, she studies the longer-term impacts of high schools on outcomes beyond test scores such as college matriculation, college graduation, and earnings.

"The training that TPP provided has had a huge impact on everything I’ve done since leaving Princeton: what I've chosen to study, what I see as important and value in education, and how I've approached teaching college students. TPP is the most special program Princeton has to offer, and I know my life was forever changed because I had the opportunity to be part of it."