My research examines the uneven distribution of income and jobs in the United States. My work has uncovered empirical trends that have previously been overlooked. I have published papers documenting the decline in job stability for black public sector workers, the limited role of policy and the relatively large contribution of demography to poverty differences across states, the vulnerability of U.S. citizen children to changes in immigration policy, and exceptionally high labor force participation among Mexican immigrant men.
Laird, Jennifer, Zachary Parolin, Jane Waldfogel, and Christopher Wimer. 2018. “Poor State, Rich State: Understanding the Variability of Poverty Rates Across U.S. States.” Sociological Science, 5: 628-652.
Laird, Jennifer. 2017. ``Public Sector Employment Inequality in the United States and the Great Recession." Demography, 54, 391-411.
- Media coverage: The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post
Laird, Jennifer. 2015. “Unemployment among Mexican Immigrant Men in the United States, 2003 - 2012.” Social Science Research, 49, 202-216.
- Honorable mention, 2014 Student Paper Award, ASA Population Section
Bailey, Amy Kate, Stewart E. Tolnay, E.M. Beck, and Jennifer D. Laird. 2011. “Targeting Lynch Victims: Social Marginality or Status Transgressions?” American Sociological Review, 76, 412-436.