Jessica Harper Santos

Lecturer and Senior Research Associate

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 358
Phone: 781 736-8680
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Workforce development and career pathways, racial inequality, assets, immigrant integration, policy processes that drive equity, qualitative research methods, community-based and participatory research methods.


  • HS 307a - Immigrant Integration in the United States: Policy, Practice and People
  • HS 534b - Assets and Social Policy


  • Brandeis University
  • School For International Training
  • Middlebury College

Jessica Harper Santos

Lecturer and Senior Research Associate


Jessica Santos, Ph.D. is a researcher, consultant, and educator with expertise in social inequality, workforce development and diversity, refugee and immigrant integration, and innovation in health and human services. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University and an Associate Professor in the department of public health at Rivier University. Prior to joining IASP, she worked at the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs where she developed and managed projects to further health and equity in New Hampshire. Jessica spent 10 years designing and implementing projects to improve the well-being of families and communities in New England and Latin America. She also worked with partners to secure millions of dollars in public and private funds for public health and economic inclusion in New Hampshire. Her current work is focused on learning from the intersections of research and practice to reduce inequality and bring innovative policy and program solutions to scale.


  • Loya, Rebecca, Garber, Judith, & Santos, Jessica.. Levers for Success: Key Features and Outcomes of Children’s Savings Account Programs.. Waltham, MA Institute on Assets and Social Policy: 2017.
  • Santos, Jessica Harper, Rachel Steele, and Callie Watkins Liu. "The Consciousness Raising Classroom.." Risk-Taking in Higher Education: The Importance of Negotiating Intellectual Challenge in the College Classroom., 2017
  • Boguslaw, J., Gaiser, M.D., Nsiah-Jefferson, L., Santos, J., & Venner, S.. Good Jobs Good Health: Diversifying the Workforce through Policy and Practice. Waltham, MA Institute on Assets and Social Policy: 2016.
  • Santos, J., Venner, S., Boguslaw, J., Tarahija, S., and McCracken, K.. Becoming a Culturally Effective Organization: A Case Study of the Manchester Community Health Center.. Waltham, MA Institute on Assets and Social Policy.: 2016.