Jennifer Peirce

Jennifer Peirce is a research associate with the Center on Sentencing and Corrections, working primarily on the Rural Jails Research and Policy Network, which builds knowledge and capacity on jails and justice system reforms in rural counties. As a former predoctoral applied justice research fellow with CSC, she has also contributed to Vera’s research on restrictive housing in prisons and jails. Jennifer is currently a PhD candidate in Criminal Justice at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar (Canada). Her research focuses on questions of governance, dignity, and institutional change in prisons in Latin America and the Caribbean, and her dissertation is a mixed-methods study of the Dominican Republic's prison reform experience. Previously, Jennifer spent ten years working in international development and security policy and projects, including with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Canada (Global Affairs). She holds an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University and a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.