Jennifer is a PhD Candidate in Architectural History, with a primary emphasis on US modern architecture and a secondary interest in Ottoman and Turkish architecture. She has an academic and professional background in political science and international relations, which informs her interest in the exploration of the ways in which the built environment is impacted by or influences politics and power. Jennifer’s dissertation, Good Americans in Good American Houses: The Politics of Identity and Modern Housing Design in the New Deal Era, examines the intersection between American modern housing and politics, government, and society during the New Deal. What began as an inquiry into the traditional domestic housing aesthetic of the 1930s and 1940s has revealed a battle between New Deal government agencies over the content of American identity and the values underpinning American democracy.
At the University of Texas, Jennifer has worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate sections of Survey of World Architecture I and Survey of World Architecture II and also given select lectures for the courses. She currently serves as the graduate student representative on the board of the Society of Architectural Historians and chairs the SAH Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Jennifer previously worked as a professor of government for a college in the Houston area and served as a policy analyst for the US government. 


  • PhD Candidate, Architectural History, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Architectural History, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Government, Georgetown University
  • MA, International Policy Studies, Stanford University
  • BA, Political Science with Honors and Mathematics Minor, Southwestern University, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
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