• Jess Carson is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. Since joining Carsey in 2010, she has studied poverty, work, and the social safety net, focusing on how people’s ability to get the resources they need to thrive varies by place. She has particular interest in the structural issues surrounding access to early childhood education, the multi-dimensional nature of food access, and in measuring how policy and program effects vary within and across rural places. Jess is working on several long-term projects related to the uneven social and economic effects of the pandemic, with the goal of informing policy for an equitable recovery. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and has lived in the Granite State every minute of her life.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 ’I have a job…but you can’t make a living’: How County Economic Context Shapes Residents’ Livelihood Strategies"Journal of Rural Social Sciences.  34:1-27. 2019
    2018 "We're All Sitting at the Same Table": Challenges and Strengths in Service Delivery in Two Rural New England CountiesSocial Service Review.  92:401-431. 2018
    2018 The Complexities of Family Health: Predicting Women's EmploymentJournal of Family Issues.  39:1326-1347. 2018

    Principal Investigator On

  • C19 Escaping to the Northern Forest: Community Implications of Migration in the Time of COVID  awarded by University of Vermont 2021 - 2023
  • NH State of Philanthropy  awarded by Health Strategies of NH Inc 2021 - 2022
  • Low Income New Hampshire Parents' Food Acquisition Decisions  awarded by NH Children's Health Foundation 2021 - 2022
  • Upper Valley Early Childhood Care & Education Provider Landscape Report  awarded by Couch Family Foundation 2021 - 2022
  • Research Assistance Partnership  awarded by John T Gorman Foundation 2021 - 2022
  • C19 Research Assistance Partnership  awarded by John T Gorman Foundation 2020 - 2021
  • The Intersection of Food Availability, Access & Affordability with Food Security and Health  awarded by NH Children's Health Foundation 2020
  • Policy and Applied Research to Support Strong Families  awarded by Annie E. Casey Foundation 2019 - 2020
  • Free and Reduced Price Lunch by NH Legislative District  awarded by NH Hunger Solutions 2019 - 2020
  • State of Philanthropy in New Hampshire  awarded by Health Strategies of NH Inc 2019
  • NH Tomorrow Data Partner  awarded by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 2016 - 2019
  • Older Youth at Risk  awarded by John T Gorman Foundation 2017 - 2019
  • Support for the Vulnerable Families Research Program to Elevate the Issue of Child and Family Poverty  awarded by Wellspring Advisors LLC 2017 - 2019
  • An Updated Look at Food Insecurity and Food Sources in New Hampshire  awarded by NH Children's Health Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • Policy and Applied Research to Support Strong Families  awarded by Annie E. Casey Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • Early Education & Related Indicators Assessment  awarded by Couch Family Foundation 2017 - 2018
  • Head Start Project  awarded by John T Gorman Foundation 2017
  • Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment  awarded by Tri-County Head Start 2015
  • Teaching Activities

  • Quant Methods Policy Research Taught course 2021
  • Quant Methods Policy Research Taught course 2020
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Jess Carson