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PhD, Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
M.Int.Aff., International Affairs, Columbia University, 2010
MS, Social Work, Columbia University, 2010
BS, Biology & Philosophy, Trinity University, 2001
Jen Scott is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University. She joined the faculty after completing her PhD in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin where she was a Graduate Student Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab and the Population Research Center. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Philosophy from Trinity University.
Dr. Scott’s research focuses on the experiences of people in poverty and immigrants in navigating their economic and social lives, as well as on the broader trends and sociopolitical determinants of poverty, inequality and migration. She is particularly interested in the strategies individuals, families and communities use to make ends meet, in particular those rooted in collaboration or collective action and those developed in response to crisis or disaster. Her dissertation was a mixed methods investigation of the economic wellbeing, social ties and survival strategies of undocumented Latinos in Texas. She is building on this work by looking at how experiences of poverty and migration relate to health outcomes and the potentially moderating impact of access to social support. While completing her doctorate she was a Co-Investigator on a project exploring the stressors of parenting without an authorized immigration status. Jen has been an active volunteer (and sometimes staff member) at several worker and immigrants’ rights organizations based in Austin, Texas. She has significant international experience, including research experience in Peru, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is Spanish bilingual.
Scott, J. (2015). Xiomara: Working towards home In Auyero, J. (Editor) Invisible in Austin: Life and labor in an American City. Austin: The University of Texas Press. www.theothersidesofaustin.com.
Deepak, A., Rountree, M., & Scott, J. (2015). Delivering diversity and social justice education: The power of context. Journal of Progressive Human Services: Radical Thought & Practice, 26(2): 107-125.
Scott, J., Faulkner, M., Berger Cardoso, J. & Bernstein, J. (2014). Kinship care and undocumented Latino children: An examination of the child-welfare and immigration systems overlap in Texas. Child Welfare.
Padilla, Y., Scott, J. & Lopez, O. (2014). Economic insecurity and access to the social safety net among Latino farmworker families. Social Work, 59(2): 157-165.
Berger Cardoso, J. Dettlaff, A., Finno, M., Scott, J., & Faulkner, M. (2014). Nativity and immigration status among Latino families involved in the child welfare system: Characteristics, risk, and maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 189-200.
Boggess, B. & Scott, J. (upcoming October, 2016). Fighting for water breaks in Texas' construction industry. Paper to be presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado.
Scott, J., Stanczyk, A. & Edwards, K. (November, 2015). Moonlighting to make ends meet: The impact of multiple job holding on family economic wellbeing. Poster presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Conference. Miami, Florida.
Scott, J. & Padilla, Y. (October, 2015). Life in the shadows: Economic and occupational realities of Mexican Immigrant farmworkers. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado.
Scott, J. (April, 2015). Working in the shadow of the state: Economic strategies of undocumented Immigrants in Texas. Paper presented at the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Annual Conference. Miami, Florida.
Scott, J., Faulkner, M., Berger Cardoso, J. & Barros, L. (January, 2015). Survival in the shadow of the state: The work lives and economic practices of undocumented Latino families in Texas. Paper at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Scott, J. (October, 2014). Working hard at getting by: Family economics of undocumented Latinos in the South. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Conference. Tampa, Florida.
Scott, J., & Dooling, S. (March, 2014). Equity via certification: A sustainable solution to labor inequities in green building? Paper presented at the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
Scott, J., Faulkner, M., & Berger Cardoso, J. (January, 2014). Kinship care and undocumented Latino children in the Texas foster care system. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
Scott, J., & Casar, G. (October, 2013). Sustainability: A Social equity framework and innovative model for social policy change. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Conference. Dallas, Texas.
Faulkner, M., Berger Cardoso, J., & Scott, J. (April, 2013). Latino immigrants: Documentation and the child welfare system. Paper presented at the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.
Scott, J., & Casar, G. (January, 2013). Certifying social equity: Consumer preferences for fair labor certification in Austin, TX. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Hiroshima, Japan.
Padilla, Y., & Scott, J. (February, 2012). Mexican American children in their early school years in the current economic environment: Creating the foundation for future disparities? Paper presented at the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) Fourth Biennial Siglo XXI Conference. New York City, New York.
Berger Cardoso, J., Scott, J., Rodriguez, N., Hagan, J., & Eschbach, K. (January, 2011). U.S. Citizen children left behind: Endgame policies, parental deportation and re-migration patterns. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. Tampa, Florida.
Selected Grants/Funded Projects
Awards & Honors
Doctoral Fellows Award. (2015). Society for Social Work & Research, $3,000
Graduate Student Fellow. (2015). Center for Poverty Research, University of California-Davis, $8,000
Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship (2014-2015). National Association of Social Workers, $15,000
Graduate School Named/Endowed Continuing Fellowship. (2014-2015). The University of Texas at Austin, $38,000
Doctoral Fellowship. (2014-2015). American Association of University Women Austin Branch, $2,500
Graduate Scholar Award (2013) 9th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan
Louis E. DeMoll Endowed Presidential Scholarship. (2012-2013). The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, $2,500
Patricia Stephens Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Social Work (2011-2012; 2010-2011). The University of Texas at Austin, $3,500
Continuing Student Fellowship (2009-2010). Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, $21,000
Board of Directors (2013-2016), Interpreter (2011, 2013), Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera www.atcf.org
Founding Member(2012–2015) Austin Language Justice Collective www.austin.languagejustice.org
Workers Rights Advocate (2010–2014) Workers Defense Project www.workersdefense.org
Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City