Jess Carson

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 with the Vulnerable Families Research Program at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Since joining Carsey in 2010, she has studied poverty, work, and the social safety net, including policies and programs that support low-income workers like affordable health insurance, food assistance programs, and quality child care. Her other interests include health within and across families, and the intersection of health and employment across the income spectrum. Jess is also working on a long-term project around the challenges and opportunities facing people who live and work in rural communities, with the goal of highlighting the strategies that work best to support them. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire.


  • 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