Jessica is a junior majoring in human rights and health and society, and minoring in gender studies and Spanish, on the pre-med track. She is performing an Engaged Learning project on the construction of feminism and women’s movements in Lima, Peru. She is spending the spring semester in Lima volunteering and taking classes on Amazonian ethnography, gender construction in Lima and Peruvian social reality.
Jessica is a graduate student in cultural anthropology and a candidate for a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jessica is working on her dissertation, which compares middle-class, heterosexual Mexican-American couples and Anglo couples in the U.S. with the goal of understanding why these individuals choose to be child-free and how gender influences power relations in decision-making. During summer 2013, she is attending the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington, D.C., to expand her knowledge of Latino studies and explore how her work as an anthropologist can be utilized in a museum setting.