Doctoral Student

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  • Jessica Poling
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  • Jessica Poling received her B.A. from Haverford College in sociology (2015) and her M.A. in sociology from Rutgers University (2018). She is primarily interested in culture, cognition, and the body. Her current research investigates the intersection of culture and cognition with gender and the body by studying how women cognitively navigate dramatic physical changes such pregnancy and mastectomy. Her M.A. thesis, "Art in the Time of Frugality: Uncertainty, Cooperation, and Change in American Art Museums", investigates how art museums have experienced financial uncertainty since the Great Recession and how museum staff have strategically responded to preserve their professional goals. Jessica also currently serves as the managing editor for Sociological Forum and is a contributing author for the Everyday Sociology Blog.