Jennifer joined the University of Manchester in 2005 and (together with Professor Carol Smart) was founding Co-Director of the Morgan Centre, a role which she continued for 10 years until 2015. Prior to joining Manchester, Jennifer was Reader in Sociology at the University of Leeds. She began her lecturing career in the Department of Applied Social Science at Lancaster University, having gained her PhD from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and her first degree in Sociology from the University of Southampton.
Amongst other research leadership activities (see the Research tab for details), Jennifer has directed two 'Nodes' of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods - 'Realities' (2008-2011), and 'Real Life Methods' (2005-2008).
Her professional activities include having been Vice Chair of the ESRC Research Committee and Chair of the ESRC Grants Delivery Group from 2012-2015, and a member of the ESRC Research Resources Board from 2001-2005.
Jennifer was elected Fellow of the British Academy in July 2019