Jennifer F. Hamer received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin and is an Associate Professor in the African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her general area of study is the sociological study of families, especially those within the United States. Within this broad field, her primary research interests are African American fathers, mothers, and families, especially those that are urban, low-income and working class.
Her research interests are reflected in her teaching and service work. She offers courses on varying themes regarding African American families, communities and qualitative methodologies. She is a former Co-chair of the Black Radical Congress and former editor of Race & Society, the official journal of the Association of Black Sociologists. She is presently the founding Editor of Black Women, Gender and Families, a new Black Women’s Studies journal. She will join the faculty of American Studies at KU in January 2012.