Dr Jessica Gagnon
Jessica Gagnon (she/her) has worked in higher education in the US and UK for 20 years. Sge is a sociologist of higher education whose research is primarily focused on inequalities in higher education. She co-wrote the research funding grant bid for and led the Office for Students funded Changing Mindsets project, a two year, multi-university research project focused on the unequal experiences and outcomes of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and socio-economically disadvantaged students in the UK. She was also a researcher for the University of Portsmouth led Learning Gain project, a multi-university, mixed methods project focused on understanding staff, student, employer, and parent perceptions of learning gain and the value of higher education degrees.
Jessica has a PhD in Education and an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex, an MA in Higher Education from Santa Clara University, and a BA in English and Journalism from Framingham State University. She is a first-generation student from a working-class, single mother family. In addition to her research, she has taught at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels, particularly modules focused on research methods in the social sciences.