Jess Burnham

Jess  Burnham
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • M.A. Rutgers University, 2020
  • B.S. Utah Valley University, 2012
  • they/them/theirs
  • Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Jess is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology investigating protective social factors, social relationship quality, and the health effects of social support, minority stress, and structural stigma. Jess is particularly interested in how supportive social relationships influence health outcomes for gender nonconforming people across race-ethnicity in the United States. Their master’s thesis draws on 15 in-depth interviews to examine the intimate relationship forms and practices of queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming young adults in the U.S. Jess trained in conducting qualitative and mixed methods research as a research assistant with the Rutgers University Center for Research on Ending Violence.  A primary source of joy for Jess is living life with their tuxedo kitty, Yuki, and their red heeler pup, Misha. 

Curriculum Vitae

Jess Burnham

Selected Publications

Burnham, J., Banyard, V., Ast, R., & Edwards, K. (2021). “Case study of community sexual and relationship violence prevention: Using concept mapping to evaluate community perceptions over time.” Journal of Family Violence. Advance online publication.

Ast, R., Banyard, V., Burnham, J., & Edwards, K. (2021). “Community conversations on relationship violence: Town variations in prevention perceptions through concept mapping.” American Journal of Community Psychology.

McMahon, S., Burnham, J., & Banyard, V. (2020). “Bystander intervention as a prevention strategy for campus sexual violence: Using concept mapping to explore perceptions of minoritized students.” Prevention Science.