Jessica Dunning-Lozano is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research broadly examines the micro effects of large-scale social and economic policies on poor communities. She investigates what happens when the punitive arm of the state becomes enmeshed with social institutions designed to provide a public good, such as public education. Her research interests are in race, education, incarceration, class inequality, and ethnography.
Jessica Dunning-Lozano's work has been funded through the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program,
the Center for Mexican American Studies, the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations, and the President's Fellowship at the University of Texas. She is currently a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Fellow, an Urban Ethnography Lab Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and
a Marilyn Yarbrough Teaching Fellow at Kenyon College.
Jessica Dunning-Lozano graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.