Jennifer Reich

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Sociology Department

Jennifer Reich's research examines how individuals and families strategize their interactions with the state and service providers in the context of public policy, particularly as they relate to health and welfare. She is author of two award-winning books, Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System (2005) and Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (2016), co-editor of the book, Reproduction and Society (2014), and has written 45 articles and book chapters that explore gender and inequality in child welfare, childhood vaccinations, reproduction, multiracial families, public assistance, and recovery after disaster. In addition to teaching in Sociology, Dr. Reich serves as Director of CU Denver’s University Honors and Leadership Program.  

Teaching/Expertise Areas:  Welfare & Policy, Healthcare, Family and Childhood 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco (funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), 2002-2004
Certificate of Training in Clinical Research, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, 2003
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis (Designated Emphasis: Feminist Theory and Methods from the Department of Women and Gender Studies), 2002
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Davis,1997
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara (highest honors), 1993

SOCY 4110/5110: Sociology of Health Care