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Jessica Pfaffendorf

Asst Professor

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Jessica is a sociologist whose research explores the social reproduction of inequality from a social psychological and cultural perspective. Her work appears in Social Psychology Quarterly, Gender & Society, The Sociological Quarterly, ​​​​​​​Sociological Inquiry, and a number of other public and press outlets. Her work has also received recognition from the American Sociological Association’s sections on Social Psychology and Sex & Gender.

Jessica received her B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to the Sonoran Desert to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. She is a proud McNair Scholar and first-generation college student.

Teaching and Research Interests

Inequality, Social Psychology, Culture, Gender, Qualitative Methods, Experimental Methods


B.A. Sociology Augsburg College 2011

M.A. Sociology University of Arizona 2013

Ph.D. Sociology University of Arizona 2019