Dr. Jennifer R. Jewell started her undergraduate career at 18 years old when she was eight weeks pregnant, working in a factory and living in a roach and drug-infested apartment building. During this time, she co-founded a grassroots organization run by and for poor people, when she was battling homelessness and living on welfare with her child.
Undeterred by her circumstances, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish. Building on her experience as a community organizer, she completed both her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work with an emphasis on community organizing. With a focus on macro practice in her teaching, much of her scholarship of teaching and learning centers on student social connectedness through the use of social media and antiracist/anti-oppressive practice both in society and the academy.
Currently, she is a Professor and serves as the Director of the School of Social Work at Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she is raising her two youngest children, working on racial and social justice issues in her community, and enjoying the beaches.