The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Social Policy and Sociology Joint Degree

Jennifer LaFleur

Jenny received a BA from Carleton College and an EdM from Harvard University. Her research seeks to apply Critical Race Theory, critical geography, and practice theory to analyses of social problems and social policy. Her work considers how built and social space are constitutive of a raced and classed social structure, and how these spaces facilitate the reproduction or disruption of inequality. Additionally, she is interested in how current social policy’s market logics interface with social structures to shape outcomes for historically and contemporarily minoritized individuals. Her recent research examines how: privatization impacts educational opportunity; 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.
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.