UEP Speaker Series Featuring Professor Jennifer Jennings

Yesterday, the UEP program hosted its final Speaker Series lecture of the semester.  Jennifer Jennings, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU, gave a talk titled, “Medical Adaptation to Academic Pressure: Schooling, Stimulant Use, and Socioeconomic Status”.  Professor Jennings’s research focuses on the effects of schools on a range of long-term outcomes, and on the effects of accountability systems on inequality in educational outcomes. Her research has found temporal, geographic, and age patterns in student stimulant use across the United States.  The research suggests that it is time to start thinking about medical enhancement just like any other mechanism parents use to enhance their child’s academic performance, particularly among high socioeconomic families.

Jennifer Jennings