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Jennifer Uribe

Issues Arts & Culture, Inequality & Poverty, Mental Health, Mobility & Opportunity, Transportation

Senior Policy Fellow

Jennifer Uribe is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Jennifer’s expertise is in black diasporic feminisms, ecologies of disinvestment, and interrogating concepts of redress. Jennifer is interested in pushing back the starting point of policy evaluations and interventions to include wounding that does not meet the public eye. For their dissertation, Jennifer plays in the opacity of sociology to examine how infrastructural neglect creates injury, disability, and sustains the carceral state. In one of their chapters, they follow how concepts of universal design are presented as total solutions to preventing death in the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in New York while neglecting to hold the impacts of race, gender, and ability together. They are also interested in exploring how urban living conditions impact mental health. Overall, they seek to contribute to epistemological, ontological, and ethical interventions to open apertures to previously ignored and “negligible” experiences of violence and neglect. They are also interested in visual art, art education, and black Dominican cultural production. Jennifer is a Student Educator at the Hammer Museum and appreciates how art has allowed them to stay nimble and expand their doctoral studies. Their research on black Dominican cultural production has been funded by the Latin American Institute at UCLA. Jennifer leads the qualitative component of LPPI’s ethnic small business research docket.

Jennifer is an alum of Colgate University and UCLA Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellow (2018-2023). Their dissertation project is supported by the Black Feminism(s) Initiative at the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA.