Jennifer is a faculty member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Applied Sociology program where she teaches online graduate courses on survey research methods, the sociology of education, social capital, and more. She has published research in the areas of poverty, social stress, social capital, and parenthood, as well as ophthalmic issues. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University, an M.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.S.N. summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin. Having grown up in Texas significantly impoverished with a single-mother, Jennifer understands the power of education for not only social mobility, but also its profound effects on self-determination and critical thinking. She firmly believes that every child deserves a high quality education, which lays the foundation for an equal opportunity at life. Jennifer has three children in HISD schools, and she currently serves as an elected SDMC. She previously served on the PTO Executive Board, and has chaired or volunteered for numerous PTO committees. She has also served on several boards at her church.