Jennifer Brooks

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Jennifer Brooks

Educations & Degrees:

MA, Sociology, Syracuse University, 2017
BA, Sociology, Grinnell College, 2015

Research Interests:

Disability, government assistance programs, occupations and work, inequality, medical sociology, social policy


Jen Brooks is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology with a  Certificate of Advanced Study in disability studies at Syracuse University. While receiving her undergraduate degree at Grinnell College she conducted several research projects, including research on Vocational Rehabilitation, internet use among people with disabilities, and job satisfaction among those with graduate and undergraduate degrees. 


Jen’s interests lie at the intersection of disability and labor market inequalities. Specifically, she is interested in how both supply and demand side factors affect labor market inequalities for individuals with disabilities, and the consequences of these inequalities for health, job satisfaction, and mortality. 


Jen was the recipient of the American Sociological Association Disability and Society Section 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for the paper, “Just a Little Respect: Differences in Job Satisfaction Among Individuals With and Without Disabilities.”