Jess is a political sociologist studying global norm diffusion, with a focus on democracy and women's rights. Her peer-reviewed research exploring these topics appears in Sociology of Development, Sociology Compass, Sociological Science, and Human Rights Quarterly. Jess's dissertation, which explores how democracy-promoting international non-governmental organizations (DINGOs) impacts democratization, has received a number of internal and external grants, including the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, the Stony Brook Foundation Trustees Dissertation Fellowship, and the Judith Tanur Dissertation Award.
Upon receiving her PhD in Sociology in August from Stony Brook University, Jess will begin her position as a Post Doctoral Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Working within the Global Sociology Unit and the SCRIPTS Research Cluster, she will contribute to ongoing research on the diffusion and contestation of global cultural scripts.