Social Policy and Sociology Joint Degree

Kimberly D. Lucas, PhD student in the joint Heller/Sociology program studying women in the workforce with a focus on low-wage work and volunteer organizations

Kimberly Lucas

Kimberly D. Lucas is a PhD student in the joint Heller/Sociology program studying women in the workforce with a focus on low-wage work and volunteer organizations. She received an MA in social policy (2011) from Brandeis University, an MA in child development and urban and environmental policy and planning (2007) from Tufts University, and a BA in psychology and sociology (2004) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests fall at the intersection of sociology, economics, and social policy.  Her dissertation will uncover and explore the business and labor practices used by self-employed careworkers, and it will address the issue of turnover in early childhood education.  Other projects include an ethnographic study of subcultures, organizations, and market economics in modern roller derby and a qualitative interview project on family child care providers' perceptions of education regulations. Kim is currently the Director of Civic Research at the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics in the City of Boston.
Jenny LaFleur, PhD student

Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur received a BA from Carleton College and an EdM from Harvard University. Her research seeks to apply critical geography to analyses of social problems and social policy, and considers how the spatial distribution of social and economic resources shapes opportunities for historically underserved groups. Additionally, she is interested in how market fundamentalist policy interacts with economic and racial residential segregation to shape outcomes for children and families. Her current and recent research examines how: private school vouchers impact educational opportunity for low income students and students of color; residential segregation influences children’s exposure to disease and chronic health conditions; the parents of Black and Latinx students view inter-district school desegregation programs; and the impact of neighborhood contexts and resources on outcomes for public school students with disabilities.