Gaining her Bachelor of Arts degree locally, Jennifer attended Brandon University where she chose to study Anthropology. Turning her sights to something a little bigger, she then pursued a Master’s in Public Issues Anthropology from the University of Waterloo. Her specialization is in Medical Anthropology, and the focus of her research is disease vector insects. By studying interspecies worlds, we can begin to decenter the human from a disease encounter, by drawing attention to all of the aspects (environmental, political, social, etc) that converge to create the interaction between pathogens, insects, chemicals, host species, humans, etc.
Having been born and raised in rural Manitoba, Jennifer has an appreciation for all things rural. Taking her background in socio-cultural anthropology, she hopes to apply it to rural development in hopes of better understanding the people and the industries around her.