Jessica Compton is a 3rd year graduate student and Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow in Sociology specializing in stratification, economic sociology, race, and mixed methods. Prior to attending Berkeley, Compton worked for the Urban Institute and Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her work primarily focused on policies and service systems relating to household financial decision making, workforce development, and public benefit receipt, and experimental evaluation research. Compton earned a Master in Public Policy as a Rackham Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2014.
Current projects include:
- Analyzing educational loan accumulation at different types of colleges and associations to continued and new racial and wealth inequalities over the lifetime using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997.
- The influence of inequality and political beliefs contributing to an increasing pessimism about economic opportunity among white Americans compared to other ethnoracial groups using the General Social Survey.