Jennifer Brewer is a faculty member in the Master of Public Policy Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. As a political ecologist, her research focuses on human-environment relations and environmental governance, particularly in marine fisheries. Her research asks how decision processes can simultaneously sustain natural resources and augment public capacities for civic engagement. Her projects have spanned community- and market-based co-management models, incorporating field data collection with qualitative and quantitative analyses. She especially enjoys working with interdisciplinary and international research teams that link scholarship to policy.
Jennifer holds a doctorate in Human Geography from Clark Graduate School of Geography, a Master of Science in Marine Policy from the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She previously held a joint appointment at East Carolina University in the Department of Geography and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. She has also worked at the National Academy of Sciences, US House of Representatives, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and in the non-profit sector. She holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Florida Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.