Jennifer Greenfield

Jennifer Greenfield

Associate Professor

What I do

I'm passionate about social policy: how policies help shape the human experience, and how humans shape policies. I particularly love teaching about social policy and advocacy, even (or especially) in these turbulent times. As my current students know, teaching policy often involves processing the news in real time, and I love learning from my students' experiences and perspectives. Being involved in policy analysis and political work can be a whirlwind, though, so I'm grateful to my colleagues, my twin boys and my Siberian huskies for helping to keep me grounded.



aging and gerontology, civic and community engagement, disparities, economic development, health and wellness, marginalized populations, poverty, public policy, racial justice, social justice

Professional Biography

Associate Professor Jennifer Greenfield's research focuses on the intersections of health and wealth disparities across the life course, especially through the mechanism of family care work. Through her research, Greenfield seeks to identify and test policies that best support families as they balance work and caregiving. Policy topics such as paid family leave, minimum wage policy and economic self-sufficiency are a major focus of her work and she frequently speaks on these issues through legislative testimony, guest commentaries and media interviews.

Greenfield, who joined the GSSW faculty in 2013, teaches several policy-focused courses, including:

  • Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Practice, Health Care Policy, Policy Advocacy, Aging Policy, and Mental Health and Health Care Policy at the masters level
  • Social Policy Analysis and Development in both the masters and doctoral programs.


  • MSW, Saint Louis University
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

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