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A first-generation college student from a working-class family, Dr. Jennifer Girouard's interests include political sociology, sociology of culture, law and society, and qualitative methods with a focus on land-use conflicts and housing inequality as it intersects with race and class. Previous publications include work on democratic and civic innovations. Her current research is on the collaborative avoidance of race during affordable housing hearings. Dr. Girouard started working at Marlboro College in 2016 and taught courses including subcultures, urban sociology, research methods and social theory; oversaw an internship program; and created a multi-year seminar program covering project management, advanced field research, and data analysis.


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2020


B.A., Marlboro College
Ph.D., Brandeis University