Jennifer Lai


Jennifer Lai


I am a fourth-year Ph.D student in the Department of Sociology. My research interests include scientific knowledge production, environmental justice, and political ecology. I am also pursuing the Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change and Environmental Science and Public Policy modeling certifications. I have been trained in grounded theory, feminist, and participatory action research methods, and have also taken advanced courses in hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and text analysis. Current research projects include examining levels of trust and use of information sources by farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt, power dynamics enacted by water management tools in the context of southwest Michigan agriculture, and mental health impacts from the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Prior to attending Michigan State University, I served two terms as an AmeriCorps service member, with one term served in Washington, 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
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Associated Programs: Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC), Environmental Science & Public Policy (ESPP) Modeling