Jessica has a dynamic research background, spanning academia, communications, nonprofit, government, and legal work. As the research associate, Jessica manages the Center’s research streams, oversees the student analysts and research volunteers, and develops proposals and publications for the Center. Jessica’s professional and academic experience make her an invaluable member of the team, bringing analytical research skills and methodologies.
Prior to joining the Beeck Center, Jessica worked in securities and commercial litigation for Proskauer Rose LLP in Chicago and Washington, DC. As a graduate student studying political theory at the University of Chicago, she worked as a research assistant for the Scenes Project, an international network of researchers at UChicago and the Fiscal Austerity and Urban Innovation Program working to examine the cultural dimensions of cities and communities. She also worked at APCO Worldwide in New York as a project consultant focusing on crisis management and expanded into government relations, corporate social responsibility, technology, and finance.
Originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Jessica is an avid baker, a national parks enthusiast and a passionate student of democratic theory. She completed her master’s degree in Political Science in the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), and was selected as the graduate extern to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. at Trinity College, where she graduated with Honors in International Studies and Philosophy. She was awarded Trinity’s 2010 Blanchard W. Means Prize for writing the philosophical essay judged best by the Philosophy Department faculty. Jessica also completed Georgetown University’s Semester in Washington Program focusing on International Affairs.
Education: The University of Chicago, M.A. Masters of Arts Program in Social Sciences, Political Theory; Trinity College, B.A., Honors in both International Studies and Philosophy; Georgetown University, Semester in Washington Program, International Affairs
Hometown: Reading, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What I’m Reading Now: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles Mann