Jen Sandler is the Director of UACT and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at UMass. Her research focuses on on how people who want to change society mobilize knowledge. Current research and writing projects focus on meetings (with which she is mildly obsessed both as practitioner and ethnographer), collaborations between elites and activists, support systems for bereaved families, and relational approaches to organizing and organization.
Jen earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, and held visiting faculty positions at Trinity College and Bates College before coming to UMass and UACT in 2012. She is intensely grateful to have so many meaningful projects and people guiding her engagement in these times of extraordinary precarity, injustice, and violence. Jen also currently appreciates surrounding mountains and farms, honors the grounding influence of her six-year-old, and struggles to settle on some beautiful ink for her middle-aged skin.