Jennifer Richardson, PhD


Core Faculty

Research Assistant Professor
Gender and Women's Studies

PhD, Sociology
Loyola University Chicago

Office: 1211 UH (MC 360)
Phone: 312-996-2950
E-mail: richjen [at] uic [dot] edu

*Curriculum Vitae


About Dr. Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson is a sociologist who is new to UIC, and is deeply committed to issues of diversity, gender justice, equitable education, and well-being.  With various experiences as a researcher, evaluator, educator, and grant writer in various advocacy and justice organizations throughout the city, her work brings a unique theoretical framework in the areas of racial inequality, identity formation, and institutional racial disproportionality. 

*Selected Publications

Richardson, J. (in press, Berkeley Journal of Sociology) “Image Slavery and Mass Media Pollution: Popular Media, Beauty, and the Lives of Black Women.”

Richardson, J.L. (2009) “Differential Response.” In Conditions of Children in or at Risk of Foster Care in Illinois. Eds. Testa, M.F. and Rolock, N. The Children and Family Research Center, The School of Social Work, The University of Illinois Urbana -Champaign.

Tennanbuam, A., DCFS Legal Division, and Richardson, J.L. (2008). “Differential Response: A Legislative Proposal.” Senate Bill 807. SB0807 Engrossed LRB096 06879 DRJ 16965 b. Legislative Proposal submitted to Illinois General Assembly.

Richardson, J.L. (2008) ”Differential Response (DR): Literature & Policy on a Child Welfare Reform Connected to Improving Child Protective Services & Reducing Racial Disproportionality.” Policy Paper for The Children and Family Research Center, The School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana-­‐‑ Champaign.

Richardson, J. (in progress) “Resisting Image Slavery: African American Women and Methodologies Toward Healing.”

Richardson, J. (in progress) “Any Freedom Feels Better: Black Woman, Media, Power, Identity, and Progress”