Jennifer Lai


Jennifer Lai


I am a third-year Ph.D student in the Department of Sociology. My research interests include knowledge production, science and technology studies, environmental justice, and political ecology; I am also pursuing the Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) and Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) modeling certifications. I have been trained in grounded theory and feminist and participatory action research methods, and have also taken advanced courses in hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and text analysis. I am currently examining how water stakeholders utilize water management tools in southwest Michigan, and mental impacts from the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Prior to attending Michigan State University, I served two terms as an AmeriCorps service member, with the first term in Washington state, and the second term in Minnesota. I received my B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University in 2010, and my M.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University in 2016.

Research Areas: Environment
Curriculum Vitae: Download
Associated Programs: Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC), Environmental Science & Public Policy (ESPP) Modeling