Jennifer Hamer

  • Professor in African American Studies
  • Senior Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Hamer has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas-Austin with an accomplished career as an administrator and faculty member. Her academic scholarship and teaching focus on working class and African American families, equity, qualitative methodologies, and higher education. She has served as editor for three journals, Race and Society; Black Women, Gender, and Families; and Women, Gender, and Families of Color, the latter two of which she founded.

She has comprehensive administrative experience in program and curricular creation and assessment; faculty, staff, and student resource development; strategic planning, policy creation and implementation; and mentoring faculty. She served as a department head and associate dean at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Kansas, and a vice provost at the University of Kansas and specializes in access, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff.

Penn State campuses Jennifer is responsible for: 

  • Abington
  • Berks
  • Brandywine
  • Harrisburg
  • Hazleton
  • Lehigh Valley
  • Schuylkill
  • Scranton
  • University Park
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • York
  • Great Valley