JENNIFER PATRICE SIMS


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Scholarship

My research examines race/ethnicity from a social psychological perspective. In particular my work focuses on social perception of mixed race individuals and their experiences and identity. My current project is a racial perception experiment designed to examine the influence of hair style on others' racial perception of women. This project developed from my dissertation which explored the role that ambiguous physical appearance plays in American and British mixed race individuals' lives. Finding inconsistent racial perception by others to be a frequent experience, my most recent article postulates how the theory of reflected appraisals applies when one is inconsistently perceived. I previously investigated the relationship between perceived attractiveness and mixed race identity.

I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. I also have a Master of Arts in Sociology from Vanderbilt University and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hampton University. Additionally, as a Presidential Scholar at Hampton, I was a member of Honors College, participated in Harvard University's J. K. Galbraith summer program, and studied abroad at the University of Seville, Spain through CIEE.

Teaching

I am presently an Adjunct Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. During my doctoral program, I taught Problems of American Racial and Ethnic Minorities at UW-Madison and was twice honored by the UW-Madison Office of Academic Initiatives as a University Housing "Honored Instructor." My courses introduce and develop a sociological imagination in my students.

Administration

From 2007-2008, I was the Administrative Assistant and later Office Manager in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Tennessee State University. Upon relocation to Madison, Wisconsin to pursue my doctorate, I continued working in administration for another three years as the International Advisor for incoming exchange students and UW study abroad students in the International Programs Office at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Service

My volunteer efforts both on campus and off seek to support others. For the 2016-2017 acaemic year I am the faculty advisor for the UWRF Black Student Union. While a graduate student at UW, I was a member, and for two years the lead organizer, of the Sociology Graduate Mentoring Committee. In addition, I also volunteered with the youth program Girls on the Run from 2011 to 2014.

Personal

I enjoy sushi, country music and, as a former NCAA Division I Track and Field athlete, my favorite non-academic activity is running. I am also a huge Harry Potter fan.