Jennifer Bouek

Predoctoral Trainee in Sociology
Jennifer Bouek

Bouek's research explores how changes in American governance are reshaping the lived experience of poverty and family life within a low-wage economy. Her dissertation, "The Ecological Patterning and Effects of Child Care Markets," supported by the National Science Foundation, is a mixed methods relational study of child care in which she examines how the policies, practices, and politics of the child care market lead to divergent and inequitable access to care among mothers of young children, and the effects on mothers' employment trajectories, real and imagined. Previously, Bouek has written on network entrapment within the emergency food infrastructure, a predicament in which organizations struggle to adapt to resource scarcity because of overlapping and conflicting institutional constraints. This work is published in Social Problems and was the 2018 James Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award winner for the ASA OOW Section. 

Scholarly Interests

Poverty and social inequality, Poverty governance, Organizations and economic sociology, Families and gender

Affiliated Departments

Department of Sociology