Jessica Kalbfeld is a doctoral candidate in sociology at New York University, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and she was an inaugural NYU Furman Law Fellow at NYU Law School 2015-2016. Her research interests include race and inequality, neighborhood change, and social control. Some of her recent research projects include an investigation of court reporter mis-transcription of African American English, coauthored with an interdisciplinary team and recently published in Language; an interrogation of critical mass as it relates to Affirmative Action, forthcoming in the Law & Society Review; and an analysis of complaints made against police in Chicago, co-authored with Jacob Faber published in City & Community. Her dissertation research focuses on the impact of racial and socioeconomic neighborhood change on social control in New York City.  Her recent research on court reporters has been covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, NPR, Vice Media, Daily KOS, and more.

Jessie has worked as a data consultant for the Southern Poverty Law Center of Mississippi and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C., among others. She is a founding member of CulturePoint LLC, a research and consulting firm that provides evidence-based approaches to developing leadership and high-performance in organizations through effective management of diverse workforces and development of inclusive environments. CulturePoint is a collective of research-practitioners committed to doing new and innovative research on race, ethnicity, culture, and social inequality, and to bringing their empirical findings to organizations in the form of training and actionable policy recommendations. Through CulturePoint, Jessie has consulted with the US Navy and the Department of Energy on MD715 metrics for diversity and inclusion.

Jessie writes the Sociologue Blog. You can follow her on twitter @sociologyjones.