Social & Education Policy

Jessica Paige

  • Faculty Affiliate, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology


Jessica Welburn Paige's work has focused on the experiences of African Americans in the post-Civil Rights era, including how they conceptualize their social mobility prospects and their strategies for navigating persistent racism and discrimination. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Keep on Pushin’ that uses in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations to explore how working class and middle class African Americans in Detroit, MI navigate the city’s crumbling infrastructure. In addition, Paige is working on a book manuscript co-authored with Michèle Lamont, Joshua Guetzkow, Hanna Herzog, Nissim Mizrachi, Elisa Reis and Graziella Silva. The book draws upon over 400 qualitative interviews to compare the destigmatization strategies of blacks in the United States, blacks in Brazil, and several groups living in Israel: Ethiopian Jews, Mizrahi Jews and Palestinian Citizens of Israel. 

Research Interests

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Social mobility
  • Urban inequality
  • Cultural sociology
  • Qualitative research methods

Educational Background

  • PhD, Sociology, Harvard University, 2011
  • MA, Sociology, Harvard University, 2008