Jess Carson

Carsey School Program Faculty
Phone: (603) 862-3215
Office: Carsey School of Public Policy, Huddleston Hall Rm G05, Durham, NH 03824
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Jess Carson is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. Since joining Carsey in 2010, she has studied poverty, work, and the social safety net, focusing on how people’s ability to get the resources they need to thrive varies by place. She has particular interest in the structural issues surrounding access to early childhood education, the multi-dimensional nature of food access, and in measuring how policy and program effects vary within and across rural places. Jess is working on several long-term projects related to the uneven social and economic effects of the pandemic, with the goal of informing policy for an equitable recovery. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and has lived in the Granite State every minute of her life.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Sociology, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • PPOL 908: Quant Methods Policy Research

Selected Publications

Mattingly, M., & Carson, J. (2019). ’I have a job…but you can’t make a living’: How County Economic Context Shapes Residents’ Livelihood Strategies". Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 34(1), 1-27.

Carson, J. A., & Mattingly, M. J. (2018). "We're All Sitting at the Same Table": Challenges and Strengths in Service Delivery in Two Rural New England Counties. SOCIAL SERVICE REVIEW, 92(3), 401-431. doi:10.1086/699212

Carson, J. A. (2018). The Complexities of Family Health: Predicting Women's Employment. JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES, 39(5), 1326-1347. doi:10.1177/0192513X17710281

Most Cited Publications