Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

PhD Student

  • Doctoral Students
  • Graduate School of Social Work
  • Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness


civic and community engagement, economic development, housing and homelessness, international social work/global practice, leadership and organizations, marginalized populations, poverty, social innovation and entrepreneurship, social justice, technology

Professional Biography

Jennifer Wilson is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Social Work. Her research interests are centered around social innovations and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing poverty, more specifically the issue of homelessness. This includes social enterprise, design thinking and human-centered design, tiny home communities and universal basic incomes and services. She is currently a graduate research assistant with the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness. Previously, she was a fellow of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise. Her professional experience involves work with individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Wilson earned her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from Daniels College of Business.


  • MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MBA, University of Denver

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