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Jessica Sperling

Jessica Sperling

Lead, Evaluation & Engagement

Jessica joined SSRI in 2015 to manage evaluation programming. She is dedicated to developing community-engaged and applied research, improving programs through responsive and collaborative evaluation, as well as developing educational programming with hands-on learning opportunities. 

Prior to joining SSRI, she worked in research and evaluation in higher education and non-profits in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she focused on immigration, race/ethnicity, and inequality and was funded by the NSF, the Social Science Research Council, and Zeit Stiftung/Bucerius. As a sociologist, Jessica brings a focus on institutions and social structure to her work, and she appreciates being actively engaged in solutions to social problems.

Having moved to North Carolina after a decade in New York City, Jessica has been busy exploring the food and culture of Durham and is happily acclimating to a southern pace of life. She has yet to actively follow NCAA basketball, though — a potential flaw as a new Duke affiliate. Perhaps that will come in time!


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